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by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 16, 2011) — Last week The Post & Email made several calls to Hawaii officials at the Department of Health, Governor Neil Abercrombie and Lt. Governor Brian Schatz regarding the Health Department’s recent refusal to grant Hawaiian-born citizens a copy of their original birth record. We had also sent an email to Ms. Donalyn Delacruz, Abercrombie’s media contact, which went unanswered.
However, one Hawaii elected official returned our call last evening: Hawaii State Senator Sam Slom. We had left him a message on Wednesday, April 13, stating that the Health Department had suddenly denied access to a man who had requested a copy of his long-form birth certificate following a statement to that effect from former Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino. We asked Senator Slom if he would be willing to interview with The Post & Email about this apparently unconstitutional development, and his phone message confirmed that he would:
This is a message for Sharon. This is State Senator Sam Slom from Honolulu. I’m returning your call. I’ll be glad to talk to you; when you get the message, you can give me a call back at 808-349-5438. Aloha.
We missed his call because of the time difference but will be returning his call on Monday, April 18. Coincidentally, shortly thereafter, we received a message from Miki Booth, who said she had just gotten off the phone with Senator Slom. She indicated that Slom “is well aware of the shenanigans going on at the Department of Health, and that he found out just today or yesterday that somebody received a long-form copy. He said that they’re just “messing around” and are being very selective. He’s a good person to know.”
Booth stated that she now has Slom’s personal email address and will be sending him some information which Slom “doesn’t know about yet” but which has been presented at The Post & Email and has been in the public domain for some time.
Slom’s biography can be found here. He is a self-described entrepreneur and former economist with the Bank of Hawaii, where it is reported that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Payne Dunham, was employed.
On February 25, 2011, Slom criticized Gov. Abercrombie’s dismissal of his original nominee for Health Department Director, Dr. Neal Palafox, who eventually withdrew his name from consideration. Ms. Loretta Fuddy is Acting Director now, but to date her office has failed to answer The Post & Email’s inquiry about her receipt of the Hawaii Petition letter with petitioners.