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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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State announces 2014 high school graduation dates

The Hawaii Department of Education has released its 2014 graduation dates for more than 60 schools, including public high schools and charter schools, around the state. In all, there will be approximately 11,000 students graduating from DOE schools this year. Graduation dates begin in May.

Today in West Hawaii history | April 17

April 17, 1984: Hawaii Chief Volcanologist Thomas Wright says the Mauna Loa eruption is “over.” Saturday was the last day of any observable surface activity, he said. Scientists will now conduct follow-up studies, which will include careful monitoring of the world’s largest active volcanoes for the first signs of any future eruption.