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A Message from the Associate Provost

Henry Halenani Gomes


Chaminade University offers its students an education in a collaborative learning environment that prepares them for life, work and service. Guided by its Catholic, Marianist and liberal arts educational traditions, Chaminade encourages the development of moral character, personal competencies, and a commitment to build a just and peaceful society. The University offers both the civic and church communities of the Pacific region its academic and intellectual resources in the pursuit of common aims. (Mission of Chaminade University of Honolulu).

While never losing sight of the mandates enunciated in the first two sentences of the mission statement, it is the last sentence that gives birth to the thoughts, questions, and ultimate actions that guide the university’s engagement for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island student. The third sentence recognizes the university’s special mission and honors the university’s indigenous culture and recognizes the importance of incorporating itself within that culture.

It has been said that, “What is good for Hawaiians is good for the State of Hawai'i!”


Henry Halenani Gomes

Associate Provost
Henry Hall, Room 118
Chaminade University
Phone: (808) 735-4750

Henry Halenani Gomes is the Associate Provost for the Day Undergraduate Program and Faculty Affairs, responsible for Native Hawaiian Serving Institution inititatives. He is a graduate of Damien Memorial High School and Chaminade College of Honolulu. A biologist by training, Henry holds master degrees in Biology and Horticulture. He began teaching at Chaminade in 1978 and now is a tenured associate professor faculty member. He has served in a number of administrative positions and has been Associate Provost since 2001.

While Chaminade is a vocation Henry's avocation has long been helping to increase opportunities for Native Hawaiians in education. To this end he has been involved in a number of community groups. He is currently the long standing Chair of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu Scholarship Committee, the Chair of the Education Committee of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the President of Hawai'i Maoli (a non-profit Native Hawaiian organization), and a member of the board of the Hawai'i Council for the Humanities. His mo'o kū 'auhau traces back to Joseph Mokuohai Poepoe of Kau and Isaac Davis and Naki. He has recently been honored with the Association of Hawaiian Civic Club Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Award and the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce 'Ō 'Ō Award (To Honolulu Advertiser story.) Henry is married to Alyssa Kay (Aurand) and has two daughters and two grandsons. He currently lives in Mililani but hopes to retire to the family home in Makaha one day.