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Henry Halenani Gomes has died.

Henry Halenani Gomes

Chaminade director of Native Hawaiian Partnerships, Henry Halenani Gomes ’74, died last night. Previously the Native Hawaiian Partnerships director served as biology professor and associate provost during his more than 30-year career at Chaminade.  Chaminade has been blessed by his presence as well as by the rich legacy he leaves behind. Our prayers go out for the consolation of his family. Included below and on Chaminade’s facebook page ( is the announcement from the Office of the President  shared this morning. Details of service times are provided. Our facebook page also includes some photos. Also more information on Mr. Gomes and Chaminade’s Native Hawaiian program, go to:


From the Office of the President

Dear All,

With sadness, I write to inform you that our colleague and friend, Henry Gomes, died last night, September 18, after an extended struggle with cancer.  Consistent with his and his family’s desires, funeral services will be held on campus, Friday, September 28.  The schedule will be:

  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.          Visitation, Mystical Rose Oratory
  • 5:45 p.m.                     Mass of the Resurrection
  • 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.         Reception, parking lot of Mystical Rose Oratory

The reception will include song and hula tributes.

 Please join me in praying for Henry’s eternal rest as well as the consolation of his wife, Alyssa, his daughters, Jeannette and Rebecca, all of his extended family and many friends who mourn his death.

Bro. Bernie

President, Chaminade University


  1. James Babauta

    Rest in peace Professor Gomes. I won’t forget everything that you did for me, from the McNair Scholars Program to just being a great professor, friend, and ofcourse family within the Chaminade Community. Aloha!


  2. Sydney charlton

    Hi u probly don’t reconise my name but I waz his cuzen my grandmas name is France’s martin and her maden name is France’s Gomes. Henry boy was the nicest person iv ever met he was one of those people who should have never died r.i.p cuz I hope my family in Hawaii had a good time at his funeral I am sorry me and my family could not go.

  3. My heart grieves for the loss of Mr. Gomes and his family. He was a great person, who cared a lot about his students. I know, because I wouldn’t have made it through college without his help. –A beautiful voice that mirrored a beautiful soul…he will be missed. R.I.L. Mr. Gomes. Aloha.

  4. My heart and prayers go out to the Gomes and Chaminade Ohana. Professor Gomes served as a great instructor and mentor. He saw value in all the students that walked the Halls of Chaminade and instilled great principles and the Hawaiian culture to the students. You will be missed greatly. Lord bless you.

    Ma le ava tele,
    James John Faumuina – ’07 & ’09.

  5. Michelle U

    He was a true Renaissance man. He embraced his cultural heritage and willingly bestowed his knowledge of science, history, and lore. He recited British poetry and crooned to the Temptations and Marvin Gaye. He was a teacher, a father figure, and a friend. My memories of him are rich with warmth and laughter. What a legacy he has left. You are missed.
    My deepest sympathies to his family

  6. Leah Ellsworth-Cahill

    My thoughts and prayers to the Gomes family and the Chaminade community. I graduated in ’91 with BBA. Science was definitely not my forte. But there are a few professors outside of my major that I remember with great fondness and joy. Dr. Gomes was one of those professors. With much Aloha, Leah Ellsworth

  7. Henry was a great mentor, a wonderful friend not only to our Biology department but to the entire Chaminade community. He contributed many positive influences to the students and families at CU who are now passing it forward. Great man Dr. Gomes! We will miss you and we will continue moving forward with what you have thought us in making that positive difference where ever we are. Tom Shieh – 87′

  8. Dino

    RIP “Gomes”

    You were a good man!!!


  9. barbara reder

    I am so sorry to hear the loss for the entire ohana at chaminade! Dr. Gomes was an amazing professor and I have learned to appreciate. Hawaiian culture. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Dr. Gomes thank you for approaching me at times supermarket and it was so great u met my daughter! You never forgot who I was and that shows after all these years what an awesome person u are! Mahalo! You will be missed!

  10. Peter Murray

    I`m sorry to hear about Henry`s passing. During my tenure at CUH (Business School Dean, `90-94), Henry and I were colleagues and dear friends. He was always there to assist me, and helped to enrich this Boston boy on the richness of Hawaiian culture, customs, and mores. My thoughs and prayers are with his family and the CUH community.

  11. Evelyn Heckman (Brown)

    So sorry for the loss. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the Gomes Ohana and Chaminade Ohana. You will be missed, Dr. Gomes. Thank you for being an inspiration and a wonderful professor. With Aloha, Evelyn

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