New health department building lobby dedicated to memory of its late director

The new lobby of the state Dept. of Health building was dedicated on Tuesday to the memory of its previous director.

Before she died in a plane crash off Molokai back in 2013, Hawaii state health director Loretta Fuddy served the people of Hawaii for 40 years.

To honor her legacy, state officials dedicated the renovated public entrance and lobby waiting area at Kinau Hale to the memory of Fuddy.

Along with the planning of the expanded area, Fuddy had helped pick out the lobby artwork, two koa wood sculptures by Kamea Namba Hadar.

“I hope her spirt is her with us today,” said state health director Linda Rosen, “because there was so much love and pride she put into this particular project.”

The total cost of the renovation project was $460,000.

Kinau Hale, the Dept. of Health building, is where an average of more than 20,000 marriage licenses and 28,000 birth certifcates are issued every year.

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