We are Hawaii’s community blood center.


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.

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.

Kim-Anh Nguyen, MD, PhD
Chief Executive Officer


Kenric M. Murayama, MD, MBA – Chair
Chair & Program Director of the Department of Surgery
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Tyler M. Tokioka – Vice Chair
Island Insurance Companies

Susan K. Eichor – Treasurer
President & Chief Operating Officer

James S. Wataru – Secretary
United Public Workers

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

Jason C. Chang – Vice President
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
The Queen’s Health Systems

The Queen’s Medical Center

Timothy R. Cottrell, PhD – Vice President
Head of School
Iolani School

Avi Mannis – Vice President
Senior Vice President of Marketing
Hawaiian Airlines


Patty Foley
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Central Pacific Bank

Ed Hudson
Senior Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Bank of Hawaii

Elizabeth M. Ignacio, MD
Advanced Arthroscopic & Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine
IMUA Orthopedics Sports & Health

Kevin M. Katsura
Director, Regulatory Non-Rate Proceedings
Hawaiian Electric Company

Jamie T. Kawamoto
Executive Director – Marketing Communications
Hawaiian Telcom

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

David Lassner, PhD
University of Hawaii

Ravi Mallela
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
First Hawaiian Bank

Mark M. Mugiishi, MD
President & Chief Executive Officer

Ku`uhaku Park
Vice President of Government & Community Relations

Markus Staib
President & Chief Executive Officer

Jay Talwar
Chief Marketing Officer
Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

Kelly J. Ueoka

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

Ross I. Yamasaki
Vice President
Capitol Consultants of Hawaii

Honorary Trustees

Walter A. Dods, Jr.
Chairman of the Board
Diwalt, LLC

Warren H. Haruki
Chief Executive Officer
Grove Farm


Jone Flanders, MD
Honolulu County Medical Society

Michael Champion, MD
Hawaii Medical Association