Schatz Statement on the Death of Hawai‘i State Health Director Loretta Fuddy

Washington, DC—U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) released condolences yesterday upon the passing of Hawai‘i State Health Department Director Loretta Fuddy, who was killed in a Makani Kai commuter airplane crash off Kalaupapa. The eight other passengers, including the pilot, survived.

“Loretta Fuddy was one of the finest, most capable, and most caring public servants I have ever known,” said U.S. Senator Brian Schatz. “This is a sad day for Hawai‘i. My condolences and aloha go to Loretta's ohana and the Hawai‘i Department of Health family. Loretta was one of the very best.”

Fuddy has served as Hawai‘i State Health Director since March 2011. She spent 30 years working in health and human services.