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Blood Bank of Hawaii is operating with under a one-day supply each day

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A man donates blood at a temporary blood bank in Tempe, Ariz. on March 24, 2020, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

There is an urgent call for blood donations in Hawaiʻi. Kim-Anh Nguyen, the CEO of the Blood Bank of Hawaii, says the situation is scary coming out of the holiday weekend. Blood supplies across the country dropped so low that the American Red Cross declared a national crisis. The stash of blood locally is very, very low. The latest omicron surge hasn't helped the situation, so there is an appeal for donors to help us get through this week and beyond.

Click here to find an upcoming blood drive near you. This interview aired on The Conversation on Jan. 20, 2022. The Conversation airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on HPR-1.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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