Family and friends remember acclaimed photographer / waterman

Raul Torres
Raul Torres
Bruno Lemos
Bruno Lemos

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Family and friends of Sergio Goes came out to remember the award-winning photographer and accomplished waterman. Goes drowned a week ago Friday off Waikiki while diving with friends.

They gathered together to celebrate the life of Sergio Goes, a man who touched their lives through his photography. From Brazil, Goes had spent the last 18 years embracing the Hawaiian culture and its people.

"I mean what can I say, look at how many people is around here today. Just by looking at that you can see what he was, what kind of person he was," said Friend Bruno Lemos.

"For me he meant somebody who could express love," said Friend Michele Santos.

Goes was honored at Kaimana Beach in Waikiki where he spent much of his time, diving, training for triathlons, and spending time with his family.

"Being in Hawaii with the whole Hawaiian ceremony that we did today, I'm sure is something he really wanted," said Relative Raul Torres.

He had a true passion for what he did best, as a photographer and an experienced waterman.

"He was in the ocean, and he was shooting pictures you know so, if I have to go one day I wish I'll go like that, doing something that I love," said Lemos.

This is the beginning of the healing process after losing a great friend and relative who they believe is in a better place.

"It was a wonderful ceremony, so I feel happy right now, I feel much more peace and I'm sure he's well right now," said Torres.

Sergio Goes is survived by his parents, one brother, one sister and his son.

A fundraiser is being planned to help the family. It will include artists, musicians, and a display of some of Sergio Goes' photographs.