The evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii includes a short-form birth certificate and two newspaper announcements at the time. The Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin published announcements of the birth of a son to Mr. and Mrs. Barack Obama on Aug. 4, 1961. Like Michigan, Hawaii restricts who can request a birth certificate. The state is prohibited from releasing a long-form document "unless the requestor has a direct and tangible interest in the record." Obama has not made such a request.