The Hawaii Cord Blood Bank was founded in July of 1998 by Jana Hall, Ph.D. (Genetics), and Randal Wada, M.D. (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology). The program was initially piloted at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children, but is now also operating at the Queen's Medical Center, the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Castle Medical Center, and Tripler Army Medical Center. These hospitals deliver approximately 90% or the babies born on the island of Oahu, which has 75% of the State's population.
This community based approach, and Hawaii's unique racial demographics, make Hawaii Cord Blood Bank a national model for a system of cord blood collection and banking that is truly capable of reflecting the full spectrum of ethnic diversity within the population it seeks to serve.