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Hohepa enrolled in the 1995 intake at Te Wānanga Whakairo o Whakaturia where he trained under the guiadance of Tony Kapua. During that time he, along with his classmates, were also fortunate to receive guidance from the Late Tuti Tukaokao. In 1996 Hohepa trained with Te Wānanga Whakairo o Aotearoa Rotorua under the tuteledge of Ruihana Phillips and in the latter James Te Kuiti Stewart. Hohepa completed the program in 1999. In 2003 Hohepa was fortunate to train further under former graduates Conrad Anaru and Mike Matchitt until 2005 where he applied at The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute and was accepted. Hohepa completed his training under the guidance of Master Carver Albert Te Pou in 2009. Hohepa stayed on as a weekend Kaimahi until 2011,then transferred to Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Te Maunga,Kura Toi BMVA. He also worked with WINTEC as an External Assessor until 2022. Hohepa has returned to The New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute now as a Pouako.