The late broadcaster was ill for some time and passed away last weekend.
“The late Hau’ofa was one of the great icons of radio broadcasting in the history of our country, having served in the industry for more than 50 years,” said Dadae.
“He was a great advocate of democracy in promoting freedom of expression on his famous Talk Back show on Kalang radio and now FM100.
“The late Hau’ofa connected well with ordinary people across the nation in debating issues of national importance.
“He was fearless in promoting values of honesty and transparency at all levels of work. That was his legacy and one that we should all aspire to emulate.
“My wife Hannah and I extend to the family, children and grandchildren of the late Mr. Hau’ofa our deepest sympathies and condolences and pray that God’s grace and guidance be upon you all during this difficult time,” the Governor General said.