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We are Hawaii’s community blood center

Blood Bank of Hawaii is a non-profit organization that provides lifesaving blood products to 18 civilian hospitals statewide. Typical uses for the blood include surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims, ulcers, anemia, delivery for mother and baby, and cancer.

Blood is collected at the Young Street Donor Center. Blood Bank of Hawaii is also on the move daily, setting up mobile collection sites within companies, organizations and community centers. Two bloodmobiles also travel to numerous communities on Oahu.

Blood Bank of Hawaii employs more than 120 qualified professionals, including a medical director, nursing staff and laboratory technologists, who recruit volunteer donors, collect blood, prepare components and distribute blood products.

Our Mission

Blood Bank of Hawaii’s mission is to provide a safe and adequate supply of blood, blood products and related transfusion services to the patients of our state.

Our Values



We are committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees, maintaining the safety of our blood products and creating a safe donation experience for the thousands of individuals who give the gift of life each year. Because we’ve been able to uphold these high standards, Hawaii’s blood supply is safer than ever before.


Regulatory Compliance

We adhere to all policies, procedures, regulations and guidelines as outlined by U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks), State Department of Health and other agencies as required. In addition, all policies are reviewed by a medical committee composed of selected trustees and physicians from our community. We rely on employees to perform their job duties with consistency in line with standard operating procedures.



We strive to maximize our time and resources to supply Hawaii’s hospitals with an adequate supply of safe blood products. Resourceful employees and efficient operations enable us to keep the blood processing costs to a minimum, which also benefits Hawaii’s patients.


Customer Service

We do our best to provide a pleasant, rewarding experience to those we work with – blood donors and medical professionals throughout the state. We show appreciation to our volunteer donors for all they do to help save lives. We work cooperatively with hospital transfusion specialists sharing expertise on medical issues, managing blood inventory and focusing on our partnership to help Hawaii’s patients.


Saving lives for more than 70 years

Blood Bank of Hawaii opened its doors in February 1941 on the grounds of what is now The Queen's Medical Center. Known then as Honolulu Blood-Plasma Bank, the blood bank served as a wartime agency under the Office of Civilian Defense, returning to its non-profit civilian status in 1943. Honolulu Blood-Plasma Bank officially changed its name to Blood Bank of Hawaii in 1946.

In the early years, blood was collected in glass bottles, hemoglobin checks were done via the earlobe, and a single van went around the island to collect blood. Services were expanded to included neighbor island blood drives and Hawaii's unique ethnic population became nationally recognized as a source for many types of rare blood.

Today, state-of-the-art blood bags are used for collections, adequate iron levels are verified through technology, and blood is collected at two fixed sites, along with two bloodmobiles that travel to Oahu's neighborhoods providing convenience for donors. Blood Bank of Hawaii adheres to the highest standards of safety and quality and continues its long commitment to providing a safe and adequate blood supply for Hawaii's patients.

Blood Bank of Hawaii is accredited by AABB and is a member of America’s Blood Centers (ABC), the nation’s largest network of community-based blood programs. Blood Bank of Hawaii is licensed and regulated by U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


2017 Board of  Trustees


Patrick D. Ching - Chair
President, Servco Automotive
Servco Pacific Inc.
Timothy R. Cottrell, PhD - Vice President
Head of School
Iolani School


Kim-Anh T. Nguyen, MD, PhD – President
President & Chief Executive Officer
Blood Bank of Hawaii


Jill F. Shimokawa Higa - Vice President
Senior Executive Vice President
Bank of Hawaii


Robert S. Harrison - Treasurer President
Chief Executive Officer
First Hawaiian Bank


Gary A. Okamoto, MD - Vice President
Chief Medical Officer


John T. Komeiji - Vice President/Secretary
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
Hawaiian Telcom


Markus Staib - Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer


Lori L. McCarney – Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Bikeshare Hawaii


Avi Mannis
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Hawaiian Airlines

Ku`uhaku Park
Vice President of Government and
Community Relations

Darryl W. Glaser, MD
Kapiolani Medical Center for
Women and Children

Patty Foley
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Central Pacific Bank

David Lassner, PhD
University of Hawaii

Raymond P. Vara, Jr.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Hawaii Pacific Health

James S. Wataru
United Public Workers

Susan K. Eichor
President & Chief Operating Officer

Jason C. Chang
Executive Vice President & COO
The Queen’s Health Systems

Tyler M. Tokioka
Vice President External Affairs
Island Insurance Companies

John L. Knorek
Torkildson, Katz, Moore, Hetherington &

Veronica Kaneko
President & Managing Director
McDonald's Restaurants of Hawaii

Joseph P. Viola
Manager, Legal Department
Hawaiian Electric Company

William F. Gleason
William Gleason & Associates


Honorary Trustees

Walter A. Dods, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Matson, Inc.

Warren H. Haruki
Chief Executive Officer
Grove Farm


Jerry Van Meter, MD
Honolulu County Medical Society

Bernard Robinson, MD
Hawaii Medical Association

2017 Blood Bank Real Properties (BBRP) Board

Warren H. Haruki

William D. Balfour, Jr.
Vice President

John C. Brogan
Vice President

Chief Lionel E. Camara, Retired
Vice President

Robert S. Katz, Esq.
Vice President

Kim-Anh T. Nguyen, MD, PhD
Vice President

Roger J. Wall
Secretary/ Treasurer

Russell Okata