Sam Hauwaho is of Tuhoe and Te Aitanga a Hauiti descent.
He has been carving since 1988 under the guidance of Tohunga Whakairo Rangi Hetet.
Sam is one of only two Protegee of Rangi.
As well as being a Kaiwhakairo, Sam is also a keen diver and fisherman. His love of the ocean, drew him to an interest in Waka. In 1992, Sam sailed on Te Aurere's maiden voyage to Rarotonga. He has also assisted his Mentor, Rangi Hetet, in the building of four Waka.