November 4, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii Returns to Maui This Month

We are happy to publicly report that we will be returning to Maui to host blood drives for the first time since March. As with our recent visits to other neighbor islands, BBH had to temporarily suspend our neighbor island drive efforts for the safety of our donors, staff and blood supply. Now with the latest information about Coronavirus and enhanced safety procedures in place, we are able to return safely.

Where and when can you give blood?

Join us at the Cameron Center from November 22 – 24:

  • Sunday, 11/22 from 6 am – 4 pm
  • Monday, 11/23 from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Tuesday, 11/24 from 6 am – 3 pm

October 6, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii Returns to Kona This Month

We are delighted to announce that this month we will be returning to Kona! For the safety of our donors, staff and blood supply, BBH had to temporarily suspend our neighbor island drive efforts. With more information about Coronavirus and enhanced safety procedures in place, we are now able to safely come back.

Where and when can you give blood?

Join us at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Kona Stake – Cultural Hall from October 20 – 22:

  • Tuesday, 10/20 from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 10/21 from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Thursday, 10/22 from 6 am – 3 pm

September 10, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii Returns to Hilo This Month!

We are excited to announce that we will be returning to Hilo in September.! For the safety of our donors, staff and blood supply, BBH had to temporarily suspend our neighbor island drive efforts. With more information about Coronavirus and enhanced safety procedures in place, we are now able to safely return.

Where and when can you give blood?

Join us at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Hilo Stake – Cultural Hall from September 22 – 24:

  • Tuesday, 9/22 from 7 am – 5 pm
  • Wednesday, 9/23 from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Thursday, 9/24 from 6 am – 3 pm

August 27, 2020

Oahu residents can still leave their homes to donate blood

When we began our bold new plan to counter this pandemic, we used three pillars as our foundation: Keep the blood supply safe; keep donors safe; and keep our employees safe. We know that these are trying times and that our community desperately wants to come together to help each other, but may have reservations. That is why we have done everything in our power to comply with national and state health and safety standards, such as additional cleaning procedures and personal protective equipment, physical distancing and pre-screening.

With Mayor Caldwell’s new stay-at-home order, we want all Oahu donors to know that they can still leave their homes to give blood. Per Office of the Mayor City and County of Honolulu Emergency Order No 2020-25: “For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any “Healthcare Operations” including…organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials…” This video message Mayor Caldwell provided us last March is just as relevant today with this new order.

As Mayor Caldwell said, donations are not only permitted, but they are needed! And not just whole blood, platelets and plasma. As you may have heard, we’re collecting COVID-19 convalescent plasma (CCP) to help patients who are battling this virus. For more information, visit our CCP webpage or call our direct CCCP line at (808) 848-4706 or email COVIDplasma@bbh.org.

August 18, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii Returns to Kauai

We are excited to announce that we will be returning to Kauai to host blood drives for the first time since February. For the safety of our donors, staff and blood supply, BBH had to temporarily suspend our neighbor island drive efforts. With more information about Coronavirus and enhanced safety procedures in place, we are now able to safely return.

Where and when can you give blood?

Join us at Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall from August 25 – 27:

  • Tuesday, 8/25 from 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, 8/26 from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Thursday, 8/27 from 6 am – 4 pm

What changes were made to ensure the safety of donors, staff and the blood supply?

We have safety protocols in place to ensure a safe operation, including disinfecting tools and machines, detailed staff call-off procedures and proper utilization of all necessary personal protective equipment.

Every donor is pre-scheduled by appointment and pre-check stations are posted outside of our operation areas to screen donors. All donors and staff are required to wear a facial covering, all donor touch points are physically distanced by at least six feet and we ensure a capacity of no more than 10 donors in any functional area at any given time.

How can I help?

Make an appointment to donate, post the news on your social media pages and share this exciting development with your friends and family! Please note that although all blood types are needed and will be used, there is an immediate and high need for O-Positive and O-Negative blood types. Kauai has a relatively high number of registered donors with these blood types.

Healthy donors interested in giving blood on Kauai may register at bloodbanktough.org or call 808-848-4770. As a reminder, an appointment is required as walk-ins can no longer be accommodated. Individuals with questions about operations during COVID-19 may visit bbh.org/COVID-19 or connect via social media.

July 1, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii’s New Location Schedule for July and Beyond

Where and when can you give blood?

Young Street Donor Center
Monday – Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday – Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Dillingham Headquarters
Monday – Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday – Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Waikele Center in partnership with American Assets
Monday – Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday – Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Adventist Health Castle
Monday – Wednesday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Sunday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

Walmart Kapolei
Thursday (6:30 am – 6:30 pm)
Friday & Saturday (6:30 am – 4:30 pm)

What changes were made from the May schedule?

Adventist Health Castle replaced Kailua Town Center and Walmart Kapolei replaced the KROC Center Hawaii. All dates and times remain the same. To help facilitate physical distancing recommendations, we will still be taking donations by appointment only.

This pandemic has been a challenge for us all, but our community has stepped up and taken care of those in need. Mahalo to all those who have donated. Please continue to rise to the occasion and save lives.

To make an appointment, find a blood drive near you or call (808) 848-4770.

April 20, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii Included in First Hawaiian Bank’s “Aloha for Hawaii” Campaign to Help Hawaii Restaurants and generate up to $1 Million to Support Nonprofits Helping with the Impacts of COVID‐19

First Hawaiian Bank’s “Aloha for Hawaii” Campaign News Release

April 16, 2020

Face Coverings Update from Blood Bank of Hawaii

Our world is changing very quickly and our response to this pandemic is no different. Yesterday, Mayor Caldwell announced that all employees who work or perform services at essential businesses shall wear non-medical grade face coverings when engaged and interacting with customers and visitors and that all customers and visitors shall do the same (City and County of Honolulu Emergency Order No. 2020-07). This will take effect on Monday, April 20, 2020.

How will my donation experience be different?

  • Your experience will be mostly the same
  • All donors must wear face coverings
    • Coverings include a tightly woven fabric without holes that’s secured to the head with either ties or straps, or simply wrapped and tied around the wearer’s nose and mouth
    • Household items such as handkerchiefs and scarfs are permitted
  • You will be asked to temporarily remove your face covering at various stages of the donation
    • Upon arrival, you will be asked to remove your covering for identification purposes
    • This also serves as our first visual inspection to ensure that no potential donor with signs or symptoms of a cold, cough, upper respiratory infection or evidence of being unwell are admitted to the collection area
  • You will be free to remove your face covering during the donation if you feel unwell. We want you to be comfortable and safe while on our premises

What else should I keep in mind?

  • Please remember that the best way to prevent catching or spreading any virus is washing your hands with soap and water, maintaining social distancing recommendations, using a face covering and staying at home if you do not feel well
  • If on the day of donation or just prior to it you have been experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, please cancel your appointment and reschedule after you’re feeling better
  • If you had contact with someone who might have or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you’re concerned you might have it, please do not donate

Mahalo to Donors

We called on donors and you answered. We recognize the extraordinary response by blood donors across Oahu to ensure the availability of Hawaii’s blood supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we thank you. But the work is not done. We invite you to continue this long journey with us. You can donate eight weeks after your last whole blood donation. Please schedule your next donation today.

To make an appointment, find a blood drive near you or call (808) 848-4770.

March 23, 2020

Oahu residents can leave their homes to donate blood

Per Office of the Mayor City and County of Honolulu Emergency Order No 2020-02: “For purposes of this Order, individuals may leave their residence to work for or obtain services at any “Healthcare Operations” including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, other healthcare facilities, healthcare suppliers, home healthcare services providers, mental health providers, or any related and/or ancillary healthcare services, organizations collecting blood, platelets, plasma, and other necessary materials…”

March 20, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii develops bold new plan to address COVID-19

Due to public concern about the risk of COVID-19 in public gatherings, Blood Bank of Hawaii is canceling all upcoming blood drives – including on neighbor islands – as of Monday, March 23. As the stewards of Hawaii’s blood supply, however, we must balance the need for public safety with the need to maintain adequate and continuous levels of blood. Meeting both needs requires a bold new approach. Therefore, we created a safe donation environment which complies with the social distancing recommendations while also allowing us to collect the necessary blood to sustain our
community.

What is this new approach?

Donations will be taken by appointment only.

We will have six donation centers:

Young Street Donor Center and an additional Five new pop-ups

To comply with CDC and Department of Health social distancing guidelines, all of our facilities have been reorganized so that donors are six or more feet away from each other at all stages of the donation process.

All locations will have pre-screening stations.
No more than 10 donors at a time will be in any one room.
All potential walk-ins will be asked to make an appointment.

Where and when can I give blood?

Find a Blood Drive Near You

And remember, in these trying times, it is easy to feel isolated and fearful. But our BBH community has the opportunity to come together and take care of one another. It is so important to fill appointments not only now, but also we ask for you to pledge to make appointments for the next few months. Mahalo to everyone who has and will continue to donate. To make an appointment, find a blood drive here or call (808) 848-4770.

March 13, 2020

Blood Bank of Hawaii is monitoring the evolving public health situation and preparing for potential further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While we cannot predict blood needs, during the pandemic we know that a continuous and reliable supply of blood must remain available in order for hospitals to treat Hawaii’s patients. As stewards of the state’s blood supply, we are concerned that COVID-19 has the potential to adversely impact the availability of the blood supply, and we want to provide the most up-to-date information. We want to reassure you that at BBH we are doing everything we can to face this challenge. Here are some answers to questions that you may have regarding blood donations:

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 (short for coronavirus disease 2019) is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus. Symptoms can range from mild flu-like to more severe symptoms, primarily among the elderly and those with existing medical complications. Due to the numbers of people impacted and its relatively quick spread, individuals and organizations, including Blood Bank of Hawaii, are doing their part to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

Is it safe for me to donate blood?

  • Yes, it’s safe! You are NOT at any increased risk of contracting COVID-19 from donating blood, going to a blood center or attending a blood drive.
  • Our pre-donation screening process requires health/travel questions and a mini-physical exam, including a temperature check for every donor.
  • We defer any donors who have a fever or are not feeling healthy and well.

What procedures are already in place to ensure donor safety?

  • All blood bags and needles are sterile, single-use only.
  • Disinfecting wipes are placed in all donation areas.
  • Donor beds are cleaned between each donation.
  • All donor areas, including the reception/waiting area, canteen, history booths and donation chairs are cleaned regularly.
  • Before blood collection, the donor’s arm is thoroughly disinfected.
  • Staff wear gloves while interacting with donors during the entire donation process.

What additional measures are being taken to ensure donor safety?

  • BBH has been in consultation with Hawaii DOH, as well as the CDC and FDA. We understand and follow the recommendations for social distancing and other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Blood drives are not considered a large gathering because we only schedule small number of donors at a time throughout the day.
  • BBH procedures are already in line with best practices among blood banks. However, where applicable, we are modifying our workflow and operational setup to comply with DOH and CDC recommendations.
  • BBH is continuing to strictly enforce the policy that team members must NOT report to work if they don’t feel well.

What can I do to help?

  • If you are feeling well and healthy, please schedule an appointment to donate blood.
  • If you have an appointment and are healthy, please keep your appointment. Patients are depending on you!
  • If you are not feeling well, have a cough or fever, do not come in to donate.
  • To help prevent the spread of infection, take care of yourself and your loved ones by practicing good hygiene such as washing your hands for 20 seconds.

Our Young Street Donor Center is open every day – Monday through Thursday 6:30 am to 6:30 pm and Friday through Sunday 6:30 am to 4:30 pm. For donors’ convenience, we also have regularly scheduled community drives throughout Oahu.

To make an appointment, find a blood drive here or call (808) 848-4770.

Watch Updated Stories Here

November 17, 2020

(VIDEO) Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen Answers Coronavirus Questions

August 25, 2020

(VIDEO) Mayor Derek Kawakami Welcomes BBH Back to Kauai

August 2, 2020

BBH President and CEO Kim-Anh Nguyen explains the urgent need for CCP on Hawaii News Now

(VIDEO) Recovered COVID-19 Patients are Being Urged to Donate their Blood Plasma

July 2, 2020
(VIDEO) An Appeal to Give Blood from Lt. Governor Josh Green

April 29, 2020
(VIDEO) BBH CCP Coalition Press Conference

March 25, 2020

(VIDEO) BBH COVID-19 Press Conference

(VIDEO) A Message from Lt. Governor Josh Green

(VIDEO) A Message from Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell

(VIDEO) A Message from Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami

March 23, 2020

KHON2 Wake Up 2day- Governor David Ige Addresses Emergency Proclamation

Gov. Ige Addresses State Preparation for Coronavirus

Star-Advertiser – Mayor Kirk Caldwell Discusses Stay-at-Home Emergency Order

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell Discusses Details of His ‘Stay at Home, Work From Home’ Order

KHON2 Wake Up 2day – Kelly Simek Interviews Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen

New COVID-19 Response

March 22, 2020

KHON2 – Mayor Kirk Calwell’s Stay-at-Home Emergency Order

Stay at Home, Work From Home Order Announced for Oahu

March 19, 2020

KITV – Updated Changes Happening at Blood Bank of Hawaii

Blood Bank of Hawaii Canceling All Blood Drives, Allow Donations at Main Facility

Hawaii News Now  – Mahealani Richardson Visits Young Street Donor Center
After Flurry of Drive Cancellations, Blood Bank of Hawaii Makes Donation Plea

March 17, 2020

Hawaii Business Health & Wellness – A Call for Donations
Blood Bank of Hawaii Calls for Donations as COVID-19 Creates Nationwide Shortage

March 16, 2020 

KHON2 – Governor David Ige Announces Emergency Proclamation
Governor Ige Announces Supplementary Emergency Proclamation for COVID-19

March 6, 2020 

KHON2 Wake Up Today – Kelly Simek Interviews Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen

Preparing for COVID-19