My "WHY" is to inspire connection, culture and innovation through Polynesian art.
My name is Samuel Mangakahia, people call me Sam or Hāmi. I come from an artist family where we all love to create. I was born in Queensland, Australia. I grew up on the sunshine coast in a little town called Noosa. Growing up we moved around a lot but I always felt at home when I was close to the ocean. Having lived in Hawai'i now for 5 years this is home for me.
In 2016 I moved to Hawaii to study graphic design, painting and entrepreneurship at BYU-Hawaii.
During my years at BYU-H I performed Kapa Haka and did an internship in 2019 with a well known Māori artist, Rangi Kipa in New Plymouth, Taranaki. I can honestly say that was a big turning point for me in understanding who I am and what my purpose is, especially with my art.
Among all the classes and extra activities I focused on refining and developing my company Hamiora. I wanted to create a platform and a brand where people can come to connect to culture through beautiful art and innovative. I am still in the very beginning stages of my journey but theres not one day that passes that I'm not thinking about how to improve and do things differently.
My art is based on tell people's story through Tā Moko (Māori tattoo) and carving it onto ukulele and guitars. I have been designing these two instruments since the age of 15 years. I started my journey when I was living in Melbourne city, Australia. What was once a hobby is now a thriving business where I get to share my art all around the world and meet amazing people.
My "WHY" is what motivates me to keep creating, keep innovating and keep reaching out and up. I'm constantly inspired by the world around me and the people I meet.
Atthis stage of my life I still love customizing guitars and ukuleles.
If you have an idea in mind of telling your story through any medium especially a guitar or a ukulele send me an email, let's work on something together.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I'll be working on putting up more info about me later on. Stay tuned and if there is anything you want to know specificaly, feel free to contact me via email.
"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?"