Blood Bank of Hawaii Update
28 February 2012

I hope this finds you well! It’s been a year since Blood Bank of Hawaii (BBH) had the great pleasure of participating in Honolulu Twestival 2011 as its lead beneficiary. Thank you again for providing us the wonderful opportunity to partner with Twestival to heighten awareness about the importance of blood donation, stimulate interest among the next generation of donors and increase first-time donor participation.

Over the past year, Twestival funds have enabled BBH to make important strides in its educational and marketing efforts. We are pleased to update you on our progress.

Reaching the next generation
In fall 2011, we contacted a group of young people to help BBH reach the next generation of donors. Twestival funds enabled a professional photo session that produced great images and “talk story” video clips of these donors for our photo library. A well-received cover story in the February 2012 issue of our company newsletter, Circulate, features two of these photos (please see here). Our young donor models will also grace posters for the new Young Street Donor Center, opening April 10, and other collateral materials.

Website Upgrade
A timely follow up to our successful partnerships with these young donors is our website upgrade project. When complete, the website will improve visitor navigation, provide real-time online booking capabilities for whole blood and apheresis donors, and include a digital media library and useful educational tools that viewers may access. The video clips and collateral materials will be among these tools, designed to reach and better educate all ages of donors.

We greatly appreciate Honolulu Twestival’s support in helping BBH maximize its investment in donor education to Hawaii’s community in 2011. We are confident the generous gift made possible by Twestival will increase awareness about blood donation and positively impact how young people choose to make a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s patients.

We extend another big mahalo to you for your and Twestival’s support. We will be sure to keep you apprised of our continued successes throughout the year!



Director of Communications
Blood Bank of Hawaii

Twestival Global Live Stream
24 March 2011
There's a Twestival happening in over 150 cities around the world, and the global party is being livestreamed! Honolulu Twestival will be the final, featured event beginning around 6:15 p.m. HST. You can watch live here... but it's even better in person! Come down to The Venue to join us, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Mahalo to our Sponsors!
21 March 2011

 Jason Tom | Emi Hart | Kamuela Kahoano | Willow Chang

The Honolulu Twestival is upon us! Thursday, March 24!

The live music lineup is an eclectic mix of great local talent: Jason Tom, Emi Hart, Kamuela Kahoano and Willow Chang. It's taking place at The Venue on Bethel St., one of Chinatown's top hotspots. And the cause is one that's touched the lives of almost everyone in the islands: the Blood Bank of Hawaii.

(The Hawaii Red Cross will also be on hand to collect donations for its ongoing Japan relief efforts.)

One hundred percent of ticket sales go to charity, with ticket sales through Amiando (and direct donations via FirstGiving) the primary fundraising channel for Twestival. As a result, it's up to our wonderful sponsors, partners, and volunteer organizers to make the event itself happen.

A huge mahalo goes out to:

Farmers Insurance Hawaii

"We are excited to be a part of the Honolulu Twestival for the third year in a row," says John Tapper, E-Marketing Manager. "At Farmers Insurance Hawaii, it is important for us to help keep our friends and neighbors safe on the road. With our hectic schedules, it is often easy to overlook basic car maintenance and renewal dates. Our new e-Safety Reminders service will offer local drivers a way to stay on top of important dates and help to keep Hawaii's roads a safer place for everyone."

Of course, the e-Safety Reminders service can also be used to remind you about an upcoming blood donation appointment!

For a limited time, registered members of the My Farmers Hawaii community who set up an e-Safety Reminder will be automatically entered to win a $100 gas gift card.

Hawaii Aloha Travel


Hawaii Aloha Travel has grown to become one of the largest locally owned inbound travel agencies in Hawaii. In May 2007, the agency was recognized in Travel Agent Magazine for its innovative approach to travel, and in May of the same year, Agent at Home Magazine featured the company's success story. In 2008 the company received the Circle of Excellence award from Nexion Travel Corporation for outstanding sales and service. In March 2009, Hawaii Aloha Travel was rated as one of the top 10 travel agencies in Hawaii by Pacific Business News. In 2010, Hawaii Aloha Travel earned a 2010 Travel Age West Trendsetter award.

Company founder Bruce Fisher and his wife Yaling have been key supporters and volunteer organizers since the very first Honolulu Twestival.

Partners & Supporters

Thanks also to the following partners for helping to spread the word about Honolulu Twestival, and driving much-needed ticket sales:

  • Nonstop Honolulu: An independent, energetic lifestyle website covering Honolulu nightlife, dining, and community events.
  • Yelp! Honolulu: Community manager Emi Hart is both performing and promoting Honolulu Twestival via the Yelp! newsletter and website.
  • Jason Tom Productions: This Chinatown powerhouse is both performing and coordinating our fantastic music program.
  • The Hawaii Independent: A locally-owned, independent source of local news, supporting local journalists, businesses, and non-profits.
  • Surfboard Shack: New and used surfboards, surfboard bags, surfing accessories, and excellent surfboard reviews.
  • Kukui High School: Valentino Valdez of In Real Life LLC has donated his design talents every single year.

Volunteer Organizers

In addition to Bruce and Yaling FisherJason Tom, and Valentino Valdez, mentioned above, big thanks are also due to Kelly Mitchell, Vernon Brown, Lika JordanJudi Clark, and the other members of the Honolulu Twestival Planning List.

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