Blood Drive

NEW GUIDELINES starting April 1, 2014 enable some to be able to donate now.

Please contact the Blood Bank at 848-4745 after April 1, 2014 to check if you previously were told you could not donate due to tattoos, piercings, heart condition or stroke, cancer,asthma or other lung conditions, or if you were on certain medications.

Next Blood Drive

Blood Mobile will be at HCC and will be parked on the Mall near the Cafeteria on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, September 9, 2014 from 8:00am to 2:15pm
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2014 from 8:00 to 2:15pm

* These dates are subject to change, keep checking back for changes to the schedule! Hope to see you there!

Call (808) 845-9282 (voice/text) or email the Health Office to schedule an appointment. If you're unable to commit to an on-campus appointment due to a scheduling conflict, consider donating at a nearby Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi location at your convenience. Be sure to mention that your donation is on behalf of UH - Honolulu Community College (for statistical purposes).

Wanted: Campus Club Sponsors and Volunteer Recruiter!

Committed persons and campus organizations needed to help recruit blood donors or food for our planned reception that we will be hosting outside of the blood mobile on the day of the blood drive.

Giving blood can be a reward experience. Help is needed to recruit blood donors for our on-campus Blood Drives. If you or your Registered Independent Student Organization would like to help or co-sponsor a campus Blood Drive, contact the Health Office! The sky is the limit to what and how we do this (with reason-smile!), however, the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi has an excellent webpage entitled, "Blood Drive Coordinator's Corner" that would answer questions as to the "why" and "how" of putting on such a life-saving event!

If you have any questions or would like share information to us on your experience donating blood here at Honolulu CC, please contact the Health Office via or 845-9282.

General Information

Honolulu Community College actively engages in promoting the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi's efforts of maintaining an ample supply of blood for our community by hosting periodic Blood Drive on our main campus.

For your convenience, you may also make your donation at Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi 845-9966

Dillingham Donor Center
2043 Dillingham Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96819

Young Street Donor Center
1907 Young Street
Honolulu, HI, 96813

Click here for the BUS routes/schedules

Upcoming Community Blood Drives

Donors Needed Now More Than Ever! Will you please join us at our next Blood Drive?

Blood donors who wish to sign-up for an on-campus Blood Drive appointment are asked to provide the following information to facilitate pre-processing of information by the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi. Email the Health Office with the following should you be interested in joining us at our next Blood Drive:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Daytime phone
  • Status: Faculty, Staff, Student, Alumni, Supporter
  • Requested appointment times (give 1st and 2nd choice)
  • Please note if you previously donated blood

Why donate blood?

  • Giving blood is easy and safe.
  • It's a great feeling of helping others. Blood donors unselfishly give of their time and receive no monetary compensation for doing so. This helps to keep our blood supply safe.
  • The process of giving the gift of life, a pint of blood, takes about an hour.
  • Your blood is separated by various components consisting of red blood cells, plasma, platelets to name a few, that may help several people with your one donation.
  • Your pint of blood can save up to 3 lives and improve the quality of life for newborns, cancer patients, the elderly and accident victims.

Who can donate blood?

  • Nearly all adults can give blood.
  • Be in good health.
  • Be 18 years of age.
    17 year olds - please submit a signed Parental Consent Form (2 pages)
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds.
  • Wait 8 weeks between donations.
  • Possess a valid photo identification card.
  • Check if you're eligible to donate.

Before donating blood, be sure to:

  • Get a good night's rest.
  • Eat foods high in iron.
  • Begin drinking more fluids (many will say they feel better afterwards when they do this!).
  • Have a hearty meal. Be sure to have a good breakfast in the morning of your donation and full meals throughout the day.
  • Give yourself an hour or more in your schedule. Don't rush yourself. Moving about too quickly and vigorously after donating blood may cause you to feel ill or faint.
  • Bring a list of your daily medications (prescription and over-the-counter). Not only does this save you time when you are asked this question, but also it's always a great idea to keep a list of medications handy in your wallet in case an emergency arises so this can be shared with emergency personnel.

Steps in donating blood?

  • Paperwork - Present a photo ID with your birthdate and complete a Blood Donor Record.
  • Mini-Physical - Blood pressure, pulse, temperature and red blood cell count check.
  • Confidential Donor Interview - Review your donor record and health history
  • Donation process - Surgical cleansing and use of a sterile and disposable needle used only once to draw your blood.
  • After resting and having refreshments, you will be ready to leave.
  • The entire process from registration to refreshments takes about an hour.

After donating blood, be sure to:

  • If you feel anything out of the ordinary after you leave the Blood Bank's donor center or mobile, immediately lie down, then call the Blood Bank's nursing services at 845-9966 ext. 739 for guidance.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (eight 8-ounce glasses) to replace the pint of donated blood.
  • Leave bandage on for at least 4 hours.
  • Limit yourself to non-strenuous activities for 24 hours.
  • If you get sick with a cold or flu in the next few days, call the Blood Bank at 845-9966. If you don't feel well, for the safety of the patient who may receive your blood, the Blood Bank may recall your pint of blood, if possible, and not use it.
  • If you have any reason to believe your blood may not be safe to give to another person, please call the Blood Bank immediately.

Deferred from donating blood?

NEW! Please check with the Blood Bank of Hawaii at 848-4745 after April 1, 2014 as new guidelines are in place now and you may be eligible under the new criteria. Donors will be asked relevant information to complete their request for an eligibility review and will be notified within 6 weeks.

Learn why and when you may be able to give blood in the future.

  • Permanent deferral
    • Don't be disappointed if you cannot give blood.
    • You may have been deferred to protect your own health as well as that of the patient who might receive your blood.
    • There are many other ways you can help or volunteer for the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi even if you can't donate blood.
  • Temporary deferral and wait time
    • Low hemoglobin - eat foods high with iron.
    • Cold or sore throat symptoms - wait 3 days after you are fully recovered and have been off antibiotic medications for 1 week.
    • Recent surgery - wait till completely recovered and released from your doctor's care.
    • Tattoo and/or Body Piercing -acceptable if tattoo performed at a state-regulated tattoo shop and if piercings were done professional using a sterile procedure or gun method with new jewelry and no signs of infection.
    • Travel (subject to change)
      • Visit to malarial country - wait for 1 year after departed country
      • Lived in malarial country - wait for 3 years
      • Lived in U.K. for 3 months or more between 1980 & 1996 - ineligible
      • Received blood transfusion in the U.K. between 1980 & present - ineligible
      • Lived in Europe for 5 years or more between 1980 & present - ineligible
      • Military personnel & their dependents who spent time on military bases in Europe for 6 months or more between 1980 & 1996 - ineligible

FAQ - Have More Questions

Check out the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi's FAQ webpage for more answers to your questions.