Home is Where the Farm Is: Tiny Houses for Farmers & More

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Current News on Hawaii Legislation to approve Tiny Houses (For on-farm housing, under 500 sq ft, on permanent foundations or wheels, on ag lots on the Island of Hawaii.)

 

House Bill HB2 has successfully passed through the House and 2 Senate committees. Send your pro-tiny house comments through the form at bottom of this page to show your support to your representatives as they enter the final stretch for approval.

 

The Hawaii County Council has passed a Resolution endorsing HB2 !!
Meetings with Mayor Harry Kim, the Housing and Community Development team, County administrators, and the Planning Department Director are building a network of people ready to collaborate on County implementation when the time comes to turn this great idea into a viable reality. We are planning an island wide Housing Summit for Fall of 2017. Sign up for our newsletter to keep informed.

 

Enjoy the Tiny House slide show here.

 

We are seeing GREAT turn outs at the Tiny House Community Conversation gatherings.

THIS IS GRASSROOTS DEMOCRACY IN ACTION

Over 400 people have come from all island districts to learn about current Tiny House legislation and building options to help solve our housing crisis. These high-energy, standing-room-only meetings signal just how needed the Tiny House solution is, and show a diversity of needs and applications for smaller foot print housing options.

Join in online or at the next

Tiny House Community Conversation:

North Kohala Public Liibrary
Monday, May 15th, 6pm
 Email greenschool@oneisland.org to RSVP for directions
 

 

 

tiny 4How would legalizing Tiny Houses impact life in Hawaii?

 

Tell us what you think in the message box below.

We are gathering testimony to support safe and efficient, energy saving Tiny Houses as smart affordable housing solutions and will be presenting citizen comments to our elected representatives to help get new legislation passed.

 

 

It all started with Food. One of the main roadblocks to increasing the local food supply is the lack of farmers farming. Ask any young farmer what they need to farm and they will point to:

Land . Water . Housing .

 

One Island is Championing a  Conversation to Change Land Use, Zoning and Building Requirements

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Tiny houses may not need building permits if considered mobile agricultural trailers

 

tiny 9Tiny Houses are a cost effective solution to one of the main constraints that hampers our food system.

 

All over the US, the Tiny House movement is gaining momentum. When a Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado attracted not the 4,000 anticipated attendees but 40,000 people in 2015, it was a sign the movement had arrived.

 

Let’s double local food production

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Here in Hawaii, a State-level bill will have the power to change County zoning and building code requirements and easily result in doubling food production. How? By giving farmers and farm workers an affordable way to live on the land they farm. More workers, more food AND a safer, better quality of life for farm owners and workers.

When farmers’ housing and transportation costs are lowered, they won’t need the ‘other’ day job to pay rent on a house in town and this means

they’ll have more time and resources to farm more food.

 

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Beyond Food – Affordable Housing for All! Tiny Houses represent a viable solution to Hawaii’s affordable housing crisis. Retirees, live-work artist pods. Disabled and senior housing. Workers needing low cost housing. Kids returning home. Buy, build, rent, lease-to-own – Tiny House options offer smart solutions.
Enjoy the Tiny House slide show here.

 

Mahalo to our Elected Representatives supporting this process of developing new legislation:
Representatives Cindy Evans and Chris Lee; Senators Mike Gabbard, Russell Ruderman, and Josh Green; County Council Members Tim Richards, Dru Kanua and Jen Ruggles.
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Promoting the Tiny Homes for Farms Solution at the Hawaii Farmers Union United State Convention

 

View or add to public comments below – your voice is welcome!

65 comments on “Home is Where the Farm Is: Tiny Houses for Farmers & More
  1. Farming and agriculture on the Big Island needs to have fresh change to the laws, regarding zoning and housing requirements. It makes sense and the time IS now.

  2. We are an eco-feminist community that sustains itself on agricultural eco-tourism. We don’t bring our food to the market; we bring the market to the food!

    We would love a more affordable zoning process for our tiny homes which house our volunteers and interns who help with our permaculture style of farming.

    We are a small community and the existing laws are onerous, expensive bureaucratic and offer little recognition for the kind of low impact ‘green tourism’ that communities like ours practice.

  3. Barrie Rose says:

    Having been actively promoting tiny homes on the Big Island of Hawaii for the past 10-12 years It is our experience that these tiny homes are licensed and registered as travel trailers so are not illegal. They are an excellent solution for this use. A person or several can have a fully functioning, furnished, home plumbed and wired ready for solar/catchment for $50,000 – $80,000 depending upon various building choices they make. Try to duplicate this on the ground with permits, etc. it will easily cost over $100,000. To have a home that is mobile in an agricultural community may be ideal as it can be transported to different farms as housing for workers. One could feasibly sleep from 2 to 4 farm workers with a thoughtful design. The challenge that our customers have is not to have a home built for them but where to place it. It is my opinion that because of the classification of these homes as “travel trailers” one could place several in one location with permission of landowners while the necessary work is being accomplished. Then it could move on to another location and another. Perhaps there is someone out there who is willing to finance such a project. If there were two of these homes that could be moved from area to area it would allow for up to 8 workers to come in for a period of time to work on a farm. Something to think about!

  4. Stella Caban says:

    I am really stoked to see this as an initiative to be taken on the Big Island. While travel trailers or even RCVA certified trailers on tiny homes are legal – there is still some greyness around this especially when it comes to different types of ag lease land – i.e. the Hamakua Ag Coop land, that doesnt allow any kind of living structure and have done crackdowns on this in the last few years regarding. For me, as a younger farmer (32), without a long credit history nor a super lucrative job to be able to put away $50,000, financing is also a huge issue. I’m hoping with greater awareness and acceptance of tiny houses, that lending by banks and other financial institutions could become easier – this is already starting to change on the mainland with financial institutions like Lighstream lending specifically for tiny houses (RCVA certified only – travel trailers don’t cut it). Right now banks are uneasy to lend for a tiny house because its not a recognizable form of collateral that could be used for a secured loan. If we could even go one step farther – programs by the govʻt via Dept of Ag or what have you could subsidize the interest on such a loan would also be tremendously helpful to a young farmer.

  5. Holly Algood says:

    We need alternatives like these small yet elegant structures for low cost farm housing. The need for farm workers is great. Providing safe and comfortable structures for farm workers on the farm is the right thing to do. It helps farms, farmer workers and communities to produce more local food and to thrive.

  6. Patricia Zura says:

    Hawai’i already has a tradition of tiny houses-the coffee shack. A real Tiny House would provide better, more secure, accommodations for farmers and workers, being, essentially, an entire home that, should conditions change, could be relocated with minimal fuss. It also can provide site specific security to crops that have historically been targeted at harvest. Also the ability to wake up and walk out to start your chores is a time-honored farming tradition, no commute necessary. If the workday does not include two hours of driving to tend your crops you will have happier, more productive farmers, adding to Hawai’i’s food security.

  7. Andrew Williamson says:

    I definitely see the benefit for allowing farmers to have tiny house dwellings on the land they work. I am curious though, in addressing another problem here in Hawaii, lack of housing period, is it possible to establish tiny house communities? In other words, multiple tiny house dwellings on one piece of property? What are the regulations for this?

  8. Danny Li says:

    One simple path is for the County’s Building Dept. to allow using locally-sourced bamboo in home construction. Work with the Hawaii Bamboo Society to develop safe and economical methods to use bamboo as appropriate building material.Learn from decades of experience of habitable structures in S.America and Asia.

  9. Marta says:

    My husband and I live on Kauai and have been talking about Tiny House options. We’d love to support and stay in the loop! Mahalo for all you do to bring Tiny Houses to Hawaii.

  10. Jonathan Bryans says:

    We are very grateful for such a time as this! Me, my wife and children are artist/farmers/ contractors that have sold everything to be here to help with this movement and desire to see the people free. I have been into sustainability for years and tiny homes. I believe these changes will help people off the streets, give them purpose, even effect the drug issue here in all the islands .Aloha and Agape!!!

  11. Lucas stokes says:

    Would love to be part of this

  12. Lorraine Kohn says:

    We’d love to know if and when you’ll have a meeting in Kona? I’d like to understand more about what is currently allowable (up to 700 sf without bath and kitchen facilities does not need a permit on acreage? Legal as farm worker housing?)and what is proposed. Thanks for setting up the meeting- hope to attend!

  13. I believe tiny houses could be a part of the solution to get people on to agricultural land and farming the land. Exceptions need to be made for leasing State land so a tiny house would allow a farmer to live on his land and protect his crops and equipment. No one else is going to do it for us. Having affordable septic systems in place on Ag lots so a tiny house can just park and hook-up. They no longer wish to farm ; unhook and go ready for the next farmer. The tiny houses could be clustered some what in a large ag park. Paramount is getting people on the land and growing food.
    I also see the tiny house Idea as a possible solution for the homeless. Not to mention these houses as a way young people here in Hawaii could have a home at all. We need to be thinking smaller human imprint on our Islands.
    Tiny houses would afford the public a look at what is meant by a sustainable life style. The opportunities are only limited by our lack of imagination.

  14. Green School says:

    The climate and lifestyle of Hawaii encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. It is also one of the best settings in the world to implement green building and energy efficient practices. Many farmers are wanting to down size the scale of their indoor living spaces, lower their cost for housing, be on farm to monitor their crops, lower farmworker rental housing and transportation/commute costs, spend more time farming, and lower the environmental impact of their housing.
    Tiny Houses are a great solution for our affordable housing crisis. On-farm housing is an ESSENTIAL BUILDING BLOCK to reclaiming our State’s, and Hawaii Island’s, local food system.

    Tiny Houses – on wheels or on foundations – are a perfect solution for getting Farmers on their land farming more locally grown food, and in turn increasing our island food security.

    I support making a State level decision that allows Tiny Houses, both mobile and permanent, to become viable farm worker and farm owner housing. I ask you to approve this Bill, and to keep in mind that it should apply to future building as well as retroactive to small dwellings that can be grandfathered in as small on-site farm homes.
    To lower barriers to affordable housing, I support following other States’ laws, and city ordinances, that allow buildings under a certain square footage to not require a building permit, including accessory dwelling units, permanent or mobile. If we could allow under 500 square feet structures, for a farm owner’s personal/family member dwelling or for farmworker housing to be allowed, with minimal registration costs, this would assist hundreds of island farms in providing affordable, small footprint, housing directly tied to increasing farm production.

    Home IS where the Farm is!

    Our organization, One Island, is actively convening Tiny House Community Conversations around the Big Island, and is hosting working group planning meetings to gather public input to help define the parameters of approvable small-footprint housing. We are engaging the public in this very important conversation and ask our State Representatives and Senators to join us solving one facet of our food security crisis – more housing = more farmers = more food independence!

  15. Joy says:

    Having affordable and accessible housing enables and empowers communities to do the right thing at the right time. When families and communities are not burdened with the mundane concerns of living , genius and healing occur. When that happens, you have a society that wants to take care of its own, a factor sorely Omnitel from present day American society, of which Hawaii is a part. Factor in the possibility that Hawaii could then turn the tables on local food production and you have a thriving society indeed. The tiny home revolution is more than a solution. It’s a way of life, pioneering for the awakening of humanity. That’s how strongly I feel about it. Mahalo for all the efforts of everyone involved.

  16. Jane says:

    Thank you so much. It was an informative evening at event in Honokaa.

    My dad was just recognized after a 40 year and continued success of a program to create affordable housing / auxiliary units on existing properties. This is on Bainbridge Island, WA. and the program set precedent for other communities.

    One of the pros is sustainability. In this case the tiny houses could tap into existing infrastructure for electrical and plumbing. For Hawaii it is also in keeping with the tradition of ohana.

    To build say an apartment for affordable housing creates an eyesore and a greater draw on resources.

    These days with solar more affordable, reliable rains. And decent quality composting toilets –the off grid possibilities makes that an even more desirable point.

    It is also win win for for example for retired persons on a fixed budget who can offer affordable housing and can it also be an exchange for caretaking or help with groundskeeping. Good reasons are many to compliment various lifestyles.

    Personally I like the idea of not carrying a mortgage, freeing myself up for good work and being better set up as I get closer to retirement age.I would also like to have more space on a lot for growing a garden and fruit trees.

    For Hawaii and especially in the Puna district and other places with higher lava flow possibilty, it makes good sense to have a house that can be driven away!

    I did have an ag lease lot for a while and served on the Hamakua board. Without being able to stay there I had too many items pinched to make it worthwhile. Another farmer had loaded coffee trees and arrived one morning to harvest only find his trees cut to the ground and gone.

    If Hawaii is truly dedicated to diversity in agriculture, preserving a long history of agriculture, making room for viable employment, and becoming closer to food sovereignty for the state, then changing the rules for lease land and allowing a tiny house option (with some ground rules for actual production) is the only real way to go about successful farming on lease land.

    Thank you, Jane.

  17. One Island says:

    I support bill hb2 for all the reasons detailed in the bill… north kohala, big island is promoting food security, sustainability practices yet many dedicated farmers are leaving the area b/c of unavailable/unaffordable housing…housing is critical to the success of self sufficiency goals & tiny houses is a practical, low impact solution. Robin Rasch

  18. One Island says:

    We are a small farm that strongly supports HB2. Allowing for tiny houses, which are more affordable and sustainable, to house people closer to the food they grow and eat, is a win, win, win. Good for the individuals, the community, the environment. Thank you for considering it. Mila Horak

  19. One Island says:

    My name is Karen Rosen and I am in support of Bill HB2. Tiny houses would be an amazing opportunity for our local farmers and businesses to provide much needed housing. Please! Support this effort.

  20. One Island says:

    I’d like to see the bill allow tiny homes anywhere in Hawai’i, not just in county’s with 180,000 people! Tiny homes make it soooooo much easier to grow food on Ag land. Leslie Wingate

  21. One Island says:

    I support tiny houses for many reasons:
    The most important to us is public health. Living in a clean, dry and hygienic space really helps people to
    stay well. Last year when I caught dinghy fever I had a comfortable bed available and spend the worse
    days and nights in a screened bedroom. I felt safe and reassured that I wasn’t sharing my disease with
    others in my community. Had I been living in a tent this just wouldn’t have been possible.
    A second reason is the feeling of belonging and being a part of the society in which I’m living. An
    important outcome of this feeling is pride of self and the surrounding grounds. The public areas become
    more of my responsibility as well. Waking up in your own space is a very nice way to start the day.
    Many of us have become blasé about personal privacy, personal security of our food and
    equipment when we’re away at work but these are the two of the ghosts of living rough
    anywhere. Tiny houses provide a refuge from these teasing anxieties.
    Safe, comfortable and secure habitats make for stronger citizens that bring forth a better quality
    of life not just for themselves but for all of us that share the community.
    Joan and Casey McCarty
    Camp Aloha

  22. One Island says:

    I support tiny houses for many reasons:
    The most important to us is public health. Living in a clean, dry and hygienic space really helps people to
    stay well. Last year when I caught dinghy fever I had a comfortable bed available and spend the worse
    days and nights in a screened bedroom. I felt safe and reassured that I wasn’t sharing my disease with
    others in my community. Had I been living in a tent this just wouldn’t have been possible.
    A second reason is the feeling of belonging and being a part of the society in which I’m living. An
    important outcome of this feeling is pride of self and the surrounding grounds. The public areas become
    more of my responsibility as well. Waking up in your own space is a very nice way to start the day.
    Many of us have become blasé about personal privacy, personal security of our food and equipment when we’re away at work but these are the two of the ghosts of living rough anywhere. Tiny houses provide a refuge from these teasing anxieties.Safe, comfortable and secure habitats make for stronger citizens that bring forth a better quality of life not just for themselves but for all of us that share the community.
    Joan and Casey McCarty
    Camp Aloha

  23. One Island says:

    Aloha, I am submitting testimony in favor of HB 2. The scarcity of affordable housing for farm workers in rural areas makes it hard to operate or even start a farm in an economical manner in areas where the land may be economical but isolated. Growing and strengthening our food security is important to the State’s and its people. Tiny homes give farmers and their workers an option to stay close to the farm to protect it and help it thrive. Cindy Varner

  24. One Island says:

    Food security in Hawai’i is crucial. We need housing for people that work on farms growing food. Tiny houses can provide that housing. Please support this bill to make this type of housing legal and help provide a solution. Mahalo, Suzanne Wakeland

  25. One Island says:

    Please support this bill. We need affordable housing for workers so we can bring our avocados and sheep to market. Thank you for your consideration. Paul Kuykendall

  26. One Island says:

    Please support HB2 which would allow farm quarters on agricultural lands in Hawaii. As a Hamakua farmer I support this bill.Donna Mitts

  27. One Island says:

    Dear committee members, We are presently in the process of creating our first tiny house here at Youth Challenge Academy/Hilo. The home will be built by the students as part of a learning project to promote post residential employment. The tiny house will then be “loaned” to the most qualified applicant and placed at a location that serves him and or his potential employer. 15-20% of our at risk student population leave the 5 1/2 month residential phase of our program with substandard living situations and some go straight back to being completely homeless on the streets. All of this criteria will be used in the selection of the appropriate candidate for our tiny home.

    I am in great support of HB2 as many of our homeless and less advantaged youth find positive employment with farm work The bill will allow for temporary housing to be placed to not only serve the populations in need of housing but also increase our food security. We hope to generate multiple tiny homes for our at risk graduates to help them become health productive citizens who serve the community with pride. Giving a youth a positive place sleep and rest as well as productive way to make a living does more than just help them earn a paycheck. It helps them boost self-esteem and helps them break down pattern in life that might have kept them from being successful. Please support HB2 and help those who can help provide positive housing for farm workers and those whom can help increase food security. Thank you
    Joshua Anthony
    Lead instructor/Youth Challenge Academy Hilo

  28. One Island says:

    Aloha, In a tropical environment it makes no sense to always build large. Not only does that make more room for trees on a plot of land thus reducing global warming. With the increase of single and two person households especially among seniors and other groups, it allows for more efficient living. Tiny homes make sense for people and for the planet! Mahalo, Mojo Mustapha

  29. One Island says:

    Tiny houses are not only energy efficient but also cost effective. they should be considered in a broader scope to alleviate our extreme housing shortage on this island, not just farm workers. Elaine Christianson

  30. One Island says:

    Farm use of Tiny houses is a great step toward solving our affordable housing crisis AND supports more farmers growing more local food. Hawaii has a rich tradition as a farming state, the multitude of coffee shacks are evidence that we have long used minimal sized housing to create affordable lodging for farm workers. Also in the increasingly expensive housing market both purchasing and renting, we need to allow for affordable Tiny houses to help fill a basic need for many. Angela Leslee

  31. One Island says:

    We live in Hawi and have a 34 acre farm. My family has more financial resources than many others but we were not prepared for how expensive it is to farm and produce good food. The land is expensive and it is difficult to work, pay others, produce food and make a profit. We see and hear from farm workers that they do not have options for suitable affordable and decent housing in this area. We support this house bill as we think it will help farmers and farm workers and result in more and higher quality food for the community. Holly & Eila Algood

  32. One Island says:

    Please support HB2. I am co-owner of a small farm and am unable to afford to build a standard-sized home at this time. Allowing tiny homes on ag land will facilitate our family’s desire to be self sustaining. Thank you. James Vigorito

  33. One Island says:

    Allowing tiny houses to be built on or moved onto agricultural property with help alleviate the homelessness crisis facing our islands. These homes can be rented at an affordable fee to farm workers. They could even be moved from location to location on large islands such as Hawaii Island where workers sometimes travel hours to work in the fields early in the morning. Thank you to Representative Cindy Evans for introducing this bill. Shirley David

  34. One Island says:

    I am in strong support of this bill. We on the Big Island need to start using less and creating more for our family, friends and neighbors in order to become more self-sufficient. When the next great earthquake hits California, most of the shipping facilities to Hawaii will become unavailable. According to the latest statistics, there is only 3 weeks worth of food in the food chain at any one time. WE MUST PREPARE, the Tiny House bill is one start I highly recommend. John Fishback

  35. One Island says:

    Aloha. I strongly support bill HB2. I ask you to support this bill that will directly and indirectly support all of the people in Hawaii. Hawaii has an affordable housing crisis and a food security crisis that more bandaids and more studies are failing to relieve in any meaningful way for those citizens on the ground. When people are homeless, or houseless, we all suffer, and many of us are just a paycheck away from joining those ranks. Coinciding with the affordable housing crisis is the food security crisis, where 90% of our food is imported. In uncertain times such as this time of global political, social and environmental upheaval, we do not have a choice but use all of the collective knowledge and wisdom at our disposal to proactively address these looming crises for these Hawaiian Islands and the people who make their lives here. The Tiny House movement is exploding elsewhere as a viable alternative to address these global issues of inadequate shelter and food security. Hawaii Legislators need to step up and proactively support this grassroots movement now because these crises are not getting any better anytime soon.In supporting HB2, legislators are sending the message to their constituents that they care about the future of Hawaii, its’ people and its’ land, food security and the beginning of an end to homelessness. Please act now. More studies and more shelving of issues will only exacerbate this critical issues. Mahalo, Liza Franzoni

  36. One Island says:

    The climate and lifestyle of Hawaii encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. It is also one of the best settings in the world to implement green building and energy efficient practices. Many farmers are wanting to down size the scale of their indoor living spaces, lower their cost for housing, be on farm to monitor their crops, lower farmworker rental housing and transportation/commute costs, spend more time farming, and lower the environmental impact of their housing.

    Tiny Houses are a great solution for our affordable housing crisis. On-farm housing is an ESSENTIAL BUILDING BLOCK to reclaiming our State’s, and Hawaii Island’s, local food system. Tiny Houses – on wheels or on foundations – are a perfect solution for getting Farmers on their land farming more locally grown food, and in turn increasing our island food security.

    I support making a State level decision that allows Tiny Houses, both mobile and permanent, to become viable farm worker and farm owner housing. I ask you to approve this Bill, and to keep in mind that it should apply to future building as well as retroactive to small dwellings that can be grandfathered in as small on-site farm homes.

    To lower barriers to affordable housing, I support following other States’ laws, and city ordinances, that allow buildings under a certain square footage to not require a building permit, including accessory dwelling units, permanent or mobile. If we could allow under 500 square feet structures, for a farm owner’s personal/family member dwelling or for farm worker housing to be allowed, with minimal
    registration costs, this would assist hundreds of island farms in providing affordable, small footprint,
    housing directly tied to increasing farm production.
    Home IS where the Farm is! Stephen Shrader

  37. One Island says:

    I strongly support HB2 and all its intentions. The methods by which we construct housing is one of the biggest and invisible forms of environmental catastrophe and we must change how we perceive housing as adequate, viable, safe and fulfilling. LJ Bates III

  38. One Island says:

    I am strongly in favor of this bill. A significant barrier to achieving our food independence goal is affordable housing for farm workers. And farmers need to live on the land they are farming for a multitude of reasons. Tiny houses are an important solution to solving some of the problems we face in promoting agriculture in Hawaii. Please pass this bill.Valerie Barnes

  39. One Island says:

    Please pass tiny home legislation. There is a need for affordable housing and a need to support for food independence (and sustainability). Allowing tiny houses on farms can help solve multiple issues on our island. Ruth Callahan

  40. One Island says:

    As Chair of the Environmental Caucus, Democratic Party of Hawaii as well as Subcommittee on Food & Farm Sustainability, I am in support of HB2 as it will promote more locally grown food production as well as ease the growing housing shortage. County oversight of parcels not more than 50 acres will create a manageable opportunity for small farms. Marilee Wallace

  41. One Island says:

    Housing for workers on Ag lands is currently problematic. This idea helps to solve and simplify permitting and utility infrastructure. Nancy Redfeather

  42. One Island says:

    Aloha Committee Members, I’m writing you today as an individual and as President of the Kona Chapter of HFUU. We support the intent of HB2 and affordable farm worker housing. It is vital to our success as family farmers in Hawaii to attract and accommodate farm workers. Currently there is no legal way to house many of these farm workers. This law also paves the way to recruit new young farmers which, we all know necessary to replace the aging population of current farmers. The governor has committed to expanding local production in the next 20-25 years and to accomplish this goal we must create a solution to farm housing and HB2 is one part of this solution. This bill also supports the diversity of farm uses that will expand the success of the family farm by allowing for housing for education purposes and agriculture tourism. I hope this committee will work with the intent of this bill to pass a comprehensive farm worker housing bill. Mahalo, Steve Sakala President, HFUU Kona Chapter Owner, Honaunau Farm

  43. One Island says:

    Aloha friends of Agriculture and affordable housing for farm workers and farm. We highly support this bill. Now is the time to create safe and affordable housing so Hawaii can feed itself instead importing food from the mainland Aloha and Peace
    Lew and Karin Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats

  44. One Island says:

    1.Tiny Houses can be built with locally sourced materials – for example albizia. Last year’s winner for the UH Presidents’ Green Initiative Award was a student using albizia for construction. UH student sustainability club is also following up on recycling plastics in island households and may be used in construction for tiny homes.
    2.I support tiny homes in Hawaii and look forward to policy change to support this movement. Legally allowing tiny homes in our state would help alleviate a serious lack of housing for seniors, homeless and family members with special needs that require over sight. Additionally, allowing tiny homes on ag land would help to encourage smaller producers as well as larger farms to meet housing / office needs on site.
    3.I urge confirmation of zoning for ag and residential use for less than 5 acres to secure the ability to erect a tiny house. We need a “fast-pass” for building permits for tiny homes less than 500 square feet.
    4.We need progressive allowances for tiny house hook-ups to existing utility infrastructure (ie water, electric, sewer) or assistance to potential builders for alternatives (solar, compost toilet, etc.).
    5. Our food system is crippled by a lack of housing for farmers. In order to attract more farmers to farm, we need to provide decent housing ON THE FARM. Tiny Houses are a great solution!
    6. Imagine a young farmer trying to farm a leased lot that she isn’t allowed to live on. To survive, she has to have a nearly full time job in town to pay her rent, living and transportation costs, with only time to work on the farm a few mornings or on weekends (with no days off). We will never change our dependency on imported foods – never – if we don’t let farmers lower their living costs by allowing them to live on the land they farm. Tiny homes are a smart, easy solution to farmer and farm worker housing.
    7. HIFA is an organization working on the food and health connection. We need local healthy food production to increase. Farm housing is one of the key barriers we need to solve and Tiny Homes are an affordable solution.
    From the Hawaii Island Food Alliance.

  45. One Island says:

    Our state wide organization with over 600 members supports this Bill that will enable many people to be housed in a more sustainable manner.
    Graham Ellis
    Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance

  46. One Island says:

    This movement is important to our farming community for it will bring interest, young & old alike to share in the most simple form of life. Without farming, we can not grow. Kam Schools need to be a BIG FAIR FRIENDLY COOPERATIVE part of this movement and not harrass and overtax our most simple form of living. humble. Please pass this bill. dee hae

  47. One Island says:

    Allowing tiny houses on farm land will not only enhance food sustainability, but also provide affordable housing options. Our homeless numbers have risen to embarrassing levels across the state and any option to impact that population is desired. Please support the passage of this bill. Mahalo! LJ Bates III

  48. One Island says:

    Single most significant way to end is homelessness is to house people. This bill supports a reasonable way to build small affordable housing for farm workers in agricultural districts. Farming is important work and we need to support our hard working families ensure that they and their workers are able to be housed. Paul Normann

  49. One Island says:

    I fully support HB 2 to authorize tiny homes of less than 500 square feet for farm workers in agricultural districts in a county with a population of more than 180,000 but less than 250,000, notwithstanding any county ordinance or regulation to the contrary. Landry Fuller

  50. One Island says:

    Aloha, I am in support of HB2 to create affordable Tiny House type structures for farmers, their families and employees. By doing so we as a whole the residents of Hawaii will benefit in our efforts to become a more self sufficient and sustainable society. Mahalo, Peter Bucholz

  51. One Island says:

    My wife and I are retired and want to live on our sixteen acres as long as possible. We would hope to even die here. At some point we may not be able to take care of this beautiful land without help. Allowing a tiny home would enable not only us to stay here but also provide a home for a person or persons. Thank you for your consideration. James H. Braun

  52. Barrie Rose says:

    It appears that this movement is gaining momentum and is beginning to actually make a difference! I am impressed with the part that Cindy Evans is playing and that she is able to introduce these two bills for legislative consideration. There is hope! I appreciate all that everyone is doing which has allowed us to learn that many of us share similar goals.

    This is the time to be taking steps in this direction and I am willing to continue participating whenever and however I might be effective. From my point of view I am quite aware of obstacles that we are facing and sincerely want to encourage a shift from living BEYOND our means to WITHIN our means… beautifully. With Gratitude, Barrie Rose

  53. Rob Culbertson says:

    If Hawaii is to become self sustaining then as a matter of simple practicality, affordable housing including ‘tiny houses’ on small parcels of ex-urban land need to be facilitated. Now is the time!
    Please support HB2 now up for your consideration.

  54. Aloha Friends of Farming and Food Security in Hawaii:

    We kindly ask you to support and vote for the HB2 initiative.
    We have KoKoLuLu Farm and Cancer Retreats on Hawaii Island.

    Growing food is extremely important for the food safety of Hawaii Island, supporting the young farmer training program, Ag Production, and providing healthy food for our clients who are recovering from cancer and other chronic illnesses. 
    In order to accomplish these important tasks, we must have affordable housing for our farm workers. Having tiny housing for on-farm dwelling through HB2 would provide an answer to this dilemma.

    Mahalo in advance for your Kokua.

    Aloha and Peace

    Lew and Karin

    HunYuanLingTong

    Typos compliments of my IPhone!

    Lew Whitney and Karin Cooke RN
    Kokolulu Farm and Cancer Retreats in Hawaii
    P.O. Box 340
    Hawi, Hawaii 96719
    808 – 889-9893
    http://www.kokolulu.org

  55. Michael Whelan says:

    Aloha Representative Evans and Senators –

    I wanted to send you a letter acknowledging your Bill HB2 and show my support for the Tiny Homes bill, specifically intended for Hawaii Island. I am in favor of such a bill addressing our housing crisis here on the Big Island. In addition, how such a Bill can assist the Big Island in being sustainable and self sufficient. I am copying all of the state Senators with this Correspondence.

    Rep. Evans I am a resident of Hawaii Island and am personally engaged in efforts to make our island community “sustainable’, especially in the capacity of healthy food production on island. I know from first hand experience that there is immense interest in the younger generation getting involved in farming here on island. I have attended dozens of workshops and community meetings promoting Farming, and in particular “Natural Farming” and have met dozens of people whom want to assist in providing healthy food to our island community and beyond. This island has the capacity to be a major provider of agricultural products for the entire state. We have the available land, fertile soil, weather conditions that allows us to grow year round and a new generation that is committed and willing to farm and provide for the entire state.

    There is just one major element that is missing. Affordable housing.

    This new generation has the will and spirit to participate in providing local accessibility to agricultural products, however they need a place to reside while doing so. They can’t afford to purchase a home let alone rent one as the average costs of renting / owning a home on Hawaii island is now out of reach for the vast majority. Let’s support this new generation and allow the Tiny homes concept to become a reality.

    I personally see Bill HB2 as a means to provide simple, yet adequate housing for this new generation and I want to urge all of the State Senators and representatives to be in favor of this important step in the right direction.

    Thank you Representative Evans for your standing tall and listening to the public that you serve. We are so grateful for your leadership and in finding solutions that can add to our Island’s quest for sustainability and self sufficiency. I pray that our other elected officials follow your lead and get behind this important movement. We need to act now and I am grateful to see you doing your part.

    With Aloha,
    Michael Whelan

  56. Katherine says:

    Please support HB2. This bill would solve two problems: augment labor for farms and homesteads and provide much needed housing.

  57. Jon McGee says:

    Appropriate dwellings for rural residents is practical, necessary and obvious. Many problems are solved merely by eliminating incongruent laws and regulations that place unfair burdens and expectations on the farmers that need to focus on culture not urban development strictures. Thanks for perceiving the inequities preventing the full commitment of our agricultural sector. Art will also flourish from this movement.

  58. Ana Webb says:

    As a farmer welcoming volunteer workers, it is very important to be able to provide them with decent and affordable housing.

  59. When I found an tiny old shack 45 years ago, I saw the wisdom in having very little shelter in Hawaii. I restored that shack and lived very close to the land, learning that the Hawaiians knew how to live. I want to return to that small space for my third third of my life. I’m in favor of whatever laws allow that possibility to happen.

  60. Dickran Boranian says:

    We have lived, farmed, and worked in Holualoa for over 25 years. Now that we are older it is time to bring young energy onto our farm to help with the work and to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Tiny houses certainly will help this to happen in a cost effective, eco friendly, and creative way.

  61. Bobbi Bryant says:

    I live in North Kohala. An area where there are many farms. We have enthusiastic young people who come to train in how to be good farmers, learn healthy growing practices and to be good stewards of the land. When they finish their training they look for jobs on local farms where they don’t necessarily make much money, but they do it for the love of growing healthy food for those who live on our island. Because there is no housing on farms for these young farmers and because of a lack of availability in rentals and the high cost of the rentals that do exist, they can not afford to farm and to live in the area they farm. In turn they are often forced to leave their farm work and leave our community. We all lose when this happens. Tiny affordable houses on farming land offers a way for farmers and their workers to continue doing the good work they do by providing that which sustains us all and contributes to the health and well being of our population. I support Bill HB2.

  62. We support the concept of tiny houses as an affordable way to house workers on agricultural lands. This would help so many of the small farms in our area.

  63. Betsy Morrigan says:

    I support tiny houses both for farm workers, and whenever it can happen, as ohana houses wherever they would fit. Hawaii has a major housing shortage and tiny houses can answer this demand. Too many people have taken their rentals off the long-term housing market to turn them into Airbnb’s or vacation rentals, leaving low income renters very few choices. Tiny houses could add more much-needed, inexpensive rental housing for younger and low income tenants. We should do what Portland has done and allow a small secondary structure on residential lots as well as for farm workers on farm lots.
    I also support the idea of tiny house “villages,” for the homeless, low income, or senior population, or in short, anyone who would enjoy living in a tiny house village community.

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