Hohozuki was from the Shangri-la village, which has also been called Valley of Lies, and is one of the characters mentioned in the Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom novel, which is the sixth and last book of the Naruto Hiden series. Shin Towada wrote the story and Masashi Kishimoto is the illustrator.
First Appearance in Naruto Hiden Novel
Akatsuki Hiden: Evil Flowers in Full Bloom
Shangri-la (Valley of Lies)
Hohozuki and Ameyuki were from the same village. While everyone else in the village disliked Ameyuki, Hohozuki was his only friend and didn't hate him. One day, slavers attacked the village and kidnapped Hohozuki and other villagers. Ameyuki saved them by using his special ability to defeat the slavers. Instead of being grateful, the villagers feared Ameyuki and tried to kill him.
When Hohozuki learned about this, he convinced Ameyuki to leave the village and go to a place called Shangri-la, where they could live in peace. However, the villagers discovered their plan before they could escape and killed Hohozuki. Ameyuki, feeling guilty for Hohozuki's death, decided to live on as Hohozuki in his memory. He used a technique to transform himself to have Hohozuki's appearance.
Hohozuki was kind and friendly because he treated Ameyuki as a good person and saved him from kidnappers.