A local artist is carrying out the last wish of the late Department of Health Director Loretta Fuddy.
Artist Kamea Hader was approached by the Health Department to to create two pieces that would decorate the building's newly renovated lobby.
Hader had been working with the department's director until she suffered heart failure minutes after the Molokai plane crash in December 2013.
He said the tragedy fueled his passion to finish the project.
“Something like that inspires (you) to keep going and do the best that you can,” Hader said.
The two-year process, using koa wood from the Big Island as his canvas, is ready to be unveiled.
The duo's concept was to represent some of the building's purposes.
“Artists paint on wood, but you know with the koa and trying to keep the natural edges and all, this is kind of like a newer thing,” Kamea said. “It’s something that will be here permanently and it’s something that will be dedicated to her. It’s something I would very much want people to love and enjoy.”
Department of Health officials are planning to open the lobby up to the public in September.
They will also unveil a dedicatory plaque honoring the late state health director there.