Henriette Munanui

1944 ~ 2023

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Henriette Munanui (born May 9, 1944), surrounded by family and loved ones, on May 31, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 79. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was affectionately known to her grandchildren and others simply as Mama’U.

At the age of 20, Henriette moved to Hawaii to attend CCH (Church College of Hawaii) now known as BYU-H (Brigham Young University-Hawaii) where she met and married her husband Tekehu Munanui on May 11, 1968 in the Laie, Hawaii Temple. After her husband Tekehu graduated in 1969, they moved their family to Salt Lake City, Utah, where they have lived and raised their family since. Henriette was very active in the community and her church. She loved sharing her culture with others and did so through music, dance, and crafts. She was well known for her traditional Tahitian quilts (tifaifai) which have been displayed at multiple exhibits and fairs.

Henriette lived a life full of love, laughter, and service. She was a devoted wife, and her family was always at the center of her heart; she loved to have family gatherings as often as possible. Although the words “I love you” were rarely spoken in the home, her actions demonstrated and showed that love to her family in a much stronger way than any words could ever express. She instilled the value of hard work in her children through her example, she could always be seen serving and helping others. She loved to cook, sew, quilt, dance, and sing. If you ever entered her home, you could be sure you would leave with a full stomach and a smile.

At the age of 11, Henriette was among the first converts to The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints on her home island of Raiatea. Since that time, the gospel has played a central role in her life. She served alongside her husband Tekehu as Mission President of the Tahiti, Papeete Mission (1996-1999) taking care of and acting as a second mom to more than 150 missionaries who served with them. She later served as Temple Matron while her husband served as the President of the Papeete, Tahiti Temple (2002-2005) helping people create eternal families. She has also served in many other callings but said that working in the Primary was among her favorites because she loved being with the children.

Henriette was preceded in death by her parents Ah Sion Yim Yiu Cheung and Marereva Raitupu Tefaaite and siblings Leonie Yim, Elvina Moul, and Manuel Yim.

Henriette is survived by her loving eternal companion Tekehu Munanui and their five children, Leoni (Nephi) Raihauti, William Munanui, Wayne (Marguerite) Munanui, Dean (April) Munanui, Claudine (Brian) Brinkerhoff, and 17 grandchildren.

A viewing will be held for Henriette on Friday, June 9th from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Liberty 7th Ward (1750 South 1500 East, Salt Lake City, UT). Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 10th from 1:00pm – 2:30pm at the same location with a brief viewing from 11:30am – 12:30pm. Henriette will be buried at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery: 2350 East 1300 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.

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Kilène and I are greatly saddened by the passing of Henriette. She and Tekehu have supported us and have been our friends since our marriage 47 years ago. They were our game playing and traveling partners often during our missions together to Tahiti. We love you Tekehu and your family and are keeping you in our prayers.

- Bill Welsh

Dear Munanui Family,
We are so sorry to hear about Henriette's passing. We have always been so grateful for her kindness and warmth. She was a true Tahitian in her love and grace. We hope that you will have some peaceful moments as you reflect upon her life and how she blessed so many lives. I'm sure she got a huge hug from her father in heaven and savior as she passed through the veil.

Aroha rahi!
Pat and Suzan Gerber

- Patric Gerber

Our deepest love and condolences to the Munanui family. Henriette was a great woman and we were glad to know her. Our apologies in not being their at the funeral- Jenny has been very ill of late. Our love and prayers! Faitaito!

Steve and Jenny Goodwin and Family.

- Steve and Jenny Goodwin

Nous adressons nos sincères condoléances à toute la famille Munanui, Président Tekehu et les enfants.🕊️✨🤍 Que notre Pére Céleste vous accompagne dans cette épreuve. Soyez bénis. Nous vous aimons.
Tumata, Oasis et Tinihei❤️


Henriette was a generous and loving person. Love and condolences to the family.

- Chris Swain

We were truly saddened by the loss of your eternal companion and will hold you in our prayers. It has truly been an honor knowing the two of you. With love and kisses.

- Douglas Fuller

Hi Tekehu. I was sad to hear about your precious wife passing. Ua pohe onna..please accept my aroha and and here i teye taime. Dee Savage, Terona

- Terona

Nos plus sincères condoléances à Frère Munanui Tekehu et ses enfants.

- Vanaa Tinirauarii Élise

Toutes mes condoléances à la famille recevez du réconfort et du courage, je vous embrasse

- Mahealani Tefan

We are saddened to learn of Henriette Munanui's passing. Her impact on our lives exceeded our expectations, revealing our deep care. Our hearts extend sincere condolences to you all, during this difficult time. May you find solace and strength, surrounded by love and cherished memories.

This goodbye is not forever, but a temporary parting of ways. Henriette's spirit will forever live on, inspiring and uplifting us.

Until then, know that our thoughts and support are with you.

Wishing you peace and comfort,
Tommy and Orie

- Tommy and Orie Yerooatea