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Foreman Focus Friday: Keola Fu

October 22nd 2016

Aloha! This week we are celebrating the hard work and dedication of our fun, quirky and extremely talented Plumbing Foreman, Keola Fu!

Keola grew up on the beautiful Hawaiian island, Kauai. Working as a waiter, a young and newly married Keola aspired for better career opportunities and eventually found an opening for a labor position at a local company. One day as he was back filling a plumber’s trench and digging his little heart out, his hard work was noticed and Keola was offered a full-time plumbing job which paved the way for his future career. Approximately six years later, Keola and his family packed up their life in Hawaii to move to the Puget Sound Region in hopes of Keola finding even better opportunities as a Journeyman Plumber.

Keola was hired on by Hermanson seven years ago. He truly enjoys working here and views us as a family-oriented company with a strong vision and a plan for continued growth. Keola is specialized in medical gas and has worked on many complex, secure and critical environment projects including the Tacoma General Rainier Tower mechanical room. He enjoyed this project because overcoming the challenge of converging multiple systems in one room and making the piping successfully fit, function, and look good was extremely rewarding. He finds beauty in the art of creating something from nothing that will serve others for many years. Keola is currently working on our IKEA project in Renton which will be completed soon. His mindset and goal for every project is to exceed his customers’ expectations which he has done time and time again as we can see here:

Keola, Sparky and I would like to thank you for the quality work you performed at Highline Medical Center. The hospital (Jim Cannon) and AirGas field personnel all commented on the quality of your work. Efforts like yours help us all maintain and establish working partnerships with companies in this area. Keep up the good work! -Erik Vach, Project Manager, Turner Construction Company

Keola is a great role model and representation of Hermanson. Even with his incredible drive, Keola still finds time go camping, fishing, take road trips and just enjoy life. His advice to other Foremen, Journeymen, and Apprentices is “Work to live don’t live to work – family time is the most important thing.” This is advice that we should all take!

Thanks Keola!


Keola likes to practice what he preaches as we can gather from this picture of him spending quality family time with his wife of 15 years, Leah, and his two daughters, Anuhea now age 14 and Luana now age 11.