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Blood Bank of Hawaii removes some donation restrictions

People with new tattoos and body piercings, as well as some cancer survivors, may now be eligible to donate blood in Hawaii, Blood Bank of Hawaii officials announced this week. They said thanks to changes in medical research and technology, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined these new requirements to be safe for both donors and patients. These changes will help expand the population’s donor pool and better meet hospitals’ needs.

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Today in West Hawaii history | April 18

April 18, 1984: A parade of witnesses testifies against the majority report of the Native Hawaiians Study Commission which concluded that native Hawaiians are not entitled to compensation for the lands they lost when the United States overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. More than 100 people packed Yano Hall for the hearing that featured U.S. Sen. Spark Matsuyama.