Hawaii Department of Health: “We’ve Got a Couple of Birthers Here”

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by Sharon Rondeau

Photo of front side of birth certificate obtained in person from the Hawaii Department of Health on September 14, 2011 by Miki Booth for her son Alan

(Sep. 18, 2011) — Miki Booth, who lived most of her life in Hawaii, made a trip there last week with Dean Haskins of The Birther Summit to publicize the Summit’s $10,000 offer to anyone who could produce a hard copy of a Hawaii newspaper containing a birth announcement for Barack Hussein Obama.  While they were there, no one came forward to claim the reward.

Miki has a collection of short-form and long-form birth certificates from various individuals born in Hawaii and has been active in the pursuit of Obama’s origins for the last three years. She formed the Route 66 Tea Party group in Oklahoma, her home for the last 16 years, and has assumed leadership roles in other organizations.  Her book, Memoirs of a Community Organizer from Hawaii, is expected to be available for purchase on September 30.

The Honolulu Civil Beat reported on the $10,000 challenge with a photo showing the giant-sized check and Haskins and Booth standing outside of Kapiolani Medical Center, where Obama was purportedly born.  Kapiolani has refused any interviews since Obama released an image which is allegedly his long-form birth certificate stating that he was born at that facility.

In April of this year, former Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino had stated that she had seen Obama’s original birth certificate in Health Department files and described it as “half-typed and half-handwritten.”  However, the image which Obama released did not meet that description.

The current director, Loretta Fuddy, was commanded to produce Obama’s original birth record for inspection by August 8 following the issuance of a court subpoena on July 5.  Fuddy defied the subpoena, and her representative from the Hawaii attorney general’s office stated that “privacy” concerns prohibited its release.

Dr. Alvin Onaka, Chief Registrar at the Hawaii Department of Health, had refused to release Obama’s birth record for the same reason.  A senior elections clerk at the Hawaii Elections Office in 2008 has stated that it was common knowledge that there was no long-form birth record in Hawaii for Obama.

Upon the complaint of 242 residents of Maricopa County, AZ, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has recently stated that a Cold Case Posse has been assigned to investigate whether or not Obama’s birth certificate is authentic.  Shortly after its release, investigative reporters declared it a “forensic forgery.”  Former Sheriff Richard Mack has stated that the county sheriff is the “ultimate law authority in their respective jurisdictions.”

Part 1 of our interview with Miki describes her visit to Kapiolani, where her son Alan was born, as well as the Health Department to request the “long-form” version of her son’s birth certificate, which she was unable to obtain.

The group of three returned to the Records Department at the Department of Health on Thursday, September 15.  Booth reported that there was a woman taking people’s applications for documents, looking up the information on the computer and sending the printed copy to a man at another window.  “He would print out the copy and stamp it to certify it,” Booth said.  He would collect the money and then move on to the next person.  Payment has to be made with cash or money order; no checks are accepted.  The man at the payment window was the aforementioned Jesse Koike.

Booth related:

When I got up to the window with my application for Alan’s birth certificate, I said to the woman, “I already have one of those, meaning the short-form certificates people were getting.  I don’t want one like those.  I want  a copy of the long-form birth certificate, ” and she said, “That is the long-form birth certificate.”  And I said, “No, I’m talking about the one with the hospital information and mother’s place of residence at the time of birth, and I started naming off all these things  The lady went over and talked to Jesse, who came over and sat down.  So I guess dealing with a “birther” is above her pay grade.  It’s all on tape.

I said, “Listen:  I lived here all my life.  We moved to the mainland after my husband retired from the police department here.  I came all the way from Oklahoma, 4100 miles, to find out why, if you’re not going to give me the long-form birth certificate, you’ve kept my money since April.  (Laughs) It’s become a joke to me that I came 4100 miles for my $10.00 refund.  The slip says, “The refund of $10.00 by the state warrant will be sent to you later due to ‘Other: Do not make copies of the long form.’”  This was back in April!

The Post & Email asked if Booth had brought the denial letter with her, and she said:

Oh, yes, I showed it to him; I have a binder with all I of this stuff in it.  I showed him the official receipt for $10.00, and he said, ‘You’re going to get your money.’”  Then I said, “Well, why does it take so long; this is since April.  Is Alvin T. Onaka the person in charge of this division, and he said “Yes.”  So I said, “Well, can I talk to him because I have a lot of questions to ask,” and he said, “No, you can’t, because he’s working in Guam.”  So I said, “Isn’t he employed by the state of Hawaii?” and of course he said, “Yes,” and I said, “But he’s in Guam working?”

I said, “And another thing…how come these printed-out birth certificate abstracts have the parents’ place of birth?   I have one like that for my son and it has the parents’ country of birth.  But why do I have another one that a friend of mine received just a few months ago that doesn’t have his parents’ country or place of birth?” and I opened up my book and showed it to him.  And he said, “Let me see that,” and he looked at it, and he said, “It doesn’t have their name on here,” and I said, “Well, of course not.  I redacted it because I don’t want anybody to know who that is.” So he said, “I can’t look it up if I don’t have the name or the number.”  And I said, “Well, I’m not going to give that to you.  But what’s your explanation?  Why do some have it and some don’t?  If you’re going to go get a passport, you have to have that on there.”  And he said, “Well, if somebody needs to have a passport, they have to bring it back in to update the record.”

I said, “I know you only work here, but do you know how lame that sounds?”  Those were my exact words.  And he said, “Well, that’s how we handle that.  You really need to talk to Onaka when he comes back.”  And I said, “Well, I’ll be back home by then so I’m not going to get a chance to talk to him.”  So he said, “Do you want to talk to the  person underneath him?” and I said, “Yes, I would love to.”  So he called on the phone and told him, “We’ve got a couple of birthers here.”  That’s what he told him!

He was listening to whomever was on the phone and said “She wants to talk to you.”  Then when he finally hung up, he said, “He can’t talk to you.”  The person’s name was Brian Horiuchi.

Before the clerk called Horiuchi, Jesse Koike, the point person for anyone who questions these things, came over and I questioned why I couldn’t get the long form, said, “That is the long form,” and I said, “Well, if that’s the long form, what do you call this?” and I showed him Obama’s, the forgery.  And I said, “If you’re president of the United States, you can have a copy of the long form, but the rest of us have to pound sand.”

Detail from back side of Alan Booth's birth certificate showing registrar's stamp and official seal

So then he said, “There was a court order so that would be released.”  And I said, “So you’ve got to get all of your lawyers together and come down here to get a copy?” and he said, “You have to have a court order, and you can go over there,” and he pointed over on the other side of the lobby to the security deputy.  He kept trying to send me over there, and I wouldn’t go.  I said, “I really wanted to talk to Alvin Onaka.  I wanted to ask him if this really is his seal.  Why would he have a seal that has a misspelling in it?  Is your work that shoddy that there’s a typo in here?” and he peered at it closely, and I said, “See that?  It says ‘TXE’ instead of ‘THE.’”  He said, “Well, it’s probably misspelled. We have three stampers here.” and I said, “Can I see them?” and of course he said “No.”  And I said, “Well, that would answer the question if I were able to see it.”

He then said, “Is he with you?” and he pointed over to the videographer.  And I just glanced at him and I said, “Yes, he is.”  He said, “OK, it’s OK to film in there but not back here,” indicating that he shouldn’t be videoed, “because we let CNN video in here.”  I thought about that later, and I thought, ‘I wonder if he thought that if said that we couldn’t tape in there that we would come back at him and give him heat about CNN being able to do it and not us.’  But I thought that was curious that he brought that up.

This is a different stamp from any I’ve seen so far.  the ‘TH’ is a little bit different.  They’re calling the short form a long form.


Booth described the attitude of Health Department employees as “very cocky.”  While she was assured that she would “get a check” refunding her original $10.00 for the long-form birth certificate that the department will not issue, she was required to pay again for the copy she obtained on September 14.

The Post & Email asked if the document she obtained from the Health Department on the September 14 appeared to be different from that which she obtained last year, and she said, “It doesn’t look any different except the stamp.  It’s a different stamp.  And the clerk called it a long-form.”

We then said, “So the man at the Department of Health is calling what you got a ‘long-form,’ and Obama called the one he released in April a ‘long-form.” But what you’re telling me is that the two documents don’t look anything alike.”  Booth replied, “No, they’re nothing alike. Now they’re just spinning and telling everybody that what they get is all they’re going to get, and it’s a ‘long-form.’”

As they were leaving the Health Department, Booth stated that the clerk “changed his story” by stating that they had five stampers, not three.  “I’m wondering if they’re going to end up with one with a misspelling when I come back in a couple of months,” she said.

A video of the Haskins and Booth’s activities while in Hawaii is expected to be released shortly.

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