County urges blood donations

Maui County officials are asking residents to donate blood to help two victims of a Lanai plane crash last week who remain in critical condition at The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu.

County Communications Director Rod Antone said on Friday that the county would announce an upcoming blood drive on Maui in April, but he asked that residents traveling to Oahu volunteer now to help the men at Queen’s.

He said the blood donations could be made at the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s Dillingham Donor Center on Oahu. The address is 2043 Dillingham Blvd. The phone number is (808) 845-9966.

Antone is encouraging any Maui County resident traveling to Oahu to donate blood. He also asks that Maui County residents reach out to relatives and friends on Oahu to encourage them to donate blood.

At a news conference a day after the crash, Mayor Alan Arakawa said the three surviving victims were recovering from second- and third-degree burns on their faces and hands of differing severity.

At last report, Maui County Planner Douglas Miller, 57, of Kahului and Geographical Information Systems Analyst Mark King, 43, of Kihei were in critical condition at Queen’s. Deputy Corporation Counsel James Giroux, 43, of Haiku is in stable condition and was transferred to Straub Clinic & Hospital, also on Oahu.