Having picked up HH a few months ago, you cant go wrong with the Metal bagpipe path, it is pretty allround with good numbers. Teh queropeco honker carried me for quite a long time in LR and the first row of HR.
Next I recommend the Snarfonica, it's water element comes in handy with the brach, ura, nox's etc.
That should keep you good for awhile. Dont worry about status on HH, you probably wont hit enough for the status to ever take.
As for armor skills, if you are playing online it is said that Meastro is pretty worth it. Otherwise the ussual suggestions, Attack up, crit eye, evasions, whatever fits your play style really.