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University of Hawaii students and families pay tribute to body donors

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

University of Hawaii medical students Saturday headed offshore of Magic Island to scatter ashes of 180 willed body donors.

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The ashes of 180 willed body donors were prepared for scattering.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Watching the ceremony from the edge of Magic Island were Jean Boyens-Reis and her sister, Susan Donahue, whose mother, Dorothy Boyens, willed her body to the program.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

First-year University of Hawaii medical students Saturday paddled out off the shore of Magic Island to scatter the ashes of 180 willed body donors in a memorial service. Members of the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii played during the ceremony.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

University of Hawaii medical student Anthony Kwon loaded a box with ashes onto one of the canoes.