AND YOU WON’T BE LABELED “VEXATIOUS!”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Sept. 2, 2010) — The Post & Email is seeking documentation from anyone who has contacted a Hawaii state agency with a UIPA request during the last two years and received an evasive or misleading reply or no response at all in violation of Hawaii state law.
Anyone submitting such documentation to The Post & Email must be willing to sign his or her name to it and have solid evidence through email correspondence that Department of Health or other government employees failed to uphold Hawaii’s UIPA, or open records, law.
The evidence will be used to illustrate how Hawaii’s public officials have stonewalled, obfuscated and failed to comply with HRS 338, which covers vital statistics. Index data, “final opinions” made public by Hawaii officials, and other records which should have been disclosed according to Section 92F-12 (page 15) of the UIPA which were withheld or not addressed are prime examples of the information we seek.
The Post & Email already has the emails from a plethora of UIPA requests which were obtained with funds donated to the Legal Fund last year. However, we would like to hear from anyone who has made a request within the last six months which has gone unanswered or has been answered untruthfully or in violation of Hawaii statutes.
Part of our case will involve the fact that staff at the Vital Records of the Hawaii Department of Health were caught “checking people out” on the internet before addressing their requests, a fact which has been admitted to by the Office of the Hawaii Ombudsman. The Department of Health has also lied to this writer by stating that Birth Index data is not available in a one-year increment, while telling an apparently friendly Associated Press writer that it was available, complete with cost.
This is an example of the stonewalling which will assist us to make our case against Hawaii officials.
Anyone willing to participate in this effort may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.