The news services are running an interpretation of a statement made by Hawaii's Department of Health stating that Director Chiyome Fukino reviewed Barack Obama's birth certification and he was born in Hawaii.
This is not what Director Chiyome Fukino said.
"State law (Hawai'i Revised Statutes §338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record," said DOH Director Chiyome Fukino.
"Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai'i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai'i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama's original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures."
So why does this quote not verify that Obama was born in Hawaii? Because all it says is the certificate is on record.
Years ago, Hawaii allowed for a Certification of Live Birth document to be recorded well after the birth of a foreign born individual.
That is a person not born in Hawaii. In 1960, according to the US census, well over a third of Hawaii residents were of Asian origin/ancestry.
At that time there were many individuals who lived in Hawaii who were not born in the US let alone in Hawaii. Whites - Caucasian (Haole) were less than a third of the population.
There were less than 5000 blacks (at that time the description was Negro). The birth of a mixed black/white child would have been a notable event.
Hawaii was less than half the size it is today. Director Chiyome Fukino should be asked what the Certification of Live Birth document in 1961 looks like in both size and types of information.
A COLB document created for a person born in Hawaii 1961 should have at least five signatures (Doctors,etc) on it plus hospital location, etc. etc.
A genuine copy, at that time, would be a black background document with white lettering.