Hawaii announced back in 2009 that they don’t issue long forms any more (Hawaii went “paperless” in 2001). One Hawaiian-born person, posting under the name of Danae, presented a image that she claimed to be a recently-issued, non-certified copy of her birth certificate. There was no date of issuance physically on that certificate to validate when it was issued. There is a purported video of someone ordering a long form, although the form was now shown.
Now, after a considerable wait, an image has surfaced that appears to be a certified photocopy of an original birth certificate from Hawaii, issued in 2011. The certificate, of a 1995 birth, has what appears to be the Alvin Onaka’s signature stamp, and a rubber date stamp of March 15, 2011.
I’ve said from the start that I believed that such a document could be obtained based on my reading of Hawaiian law, so I am not surprised to see this. I observe that the blurry, low-resolution image could have been easily faked, there is not a trace of a raised seal (even under photo enhancement), part of the certificate number is missing, and the Mother’s race is combination of ethnicities which birthers have always said were not really races.
I have no personal opinion as to the authenticity of this certificate. If it’s true, then it is consistent with what I have said in the past. If it is a fake, then it is consistent with fakes from birthers in the past. Nothing has really changed. What this does tell us for certain is that some birthers are willing to accept this poorly-documented and poorly-rendered image without question while at the same time utterly rejecting a well-attested and sharply-rendered document from Barack Obama, even though the former has characteristics (seal, race and altered certificate number ) that birthers have used to impeach the latter. This is confirmation bias at work.