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An inspiration to nursing students

The Maui News / DAKOTA GROSSMAN photos

FIRST PHOTO: Kneeling, artist Dale Zarrella places flowers at the bottom of the Saint Marianne Cope sculpture Sunday afternoon. He hopes his art inspires nurses. “They are the real heroes of our time,” Zarrella said. “It was such an honor to do this sculpture.”

SECOND PHOTO: Artist Dale Zarrella (from left) and donors Michelle and Dennis Kleid listen to a blessing of a sculpture of Saint Marianne Cope, the first nurse on Maui at the island’s first general hospital, which she established. Cope also worked with Father Damien on Moloka’i during the leprosy outbreak in the late 1800s. A donation of $30,000 was made to the University of Hawaii Maui College to support the nursing program and “inspire students with a little history,” Dennis Kleid said Sunday at the school’s campus.

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