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 being actively farmed on the Island of Hawaii.)
July 11th, 2017 – Governor Ige vetoed the HB2 Tiny House Bill. What’s Next?
See the Tiny House and Farm Worker updates here

 

June 2017 – House Bill HB2 has successfully passed through the House AND the Senate (unanimous vote in the Senate!).
The Hawaii County Council has also 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 2018. 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 500 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.

 

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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:
Representative Cindy Evans, Senators Mike Gabbard, Russell Ruderman, and Josh Green; County Council Members Tim Richards 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!

221 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

    • Susan says:

      Yes~! But don’t limit Tiny Houses to just ag land. A tiny home on a small piece of land where retirees or young family can live and grow some of their own food would be a dream come true for a lot of us.

  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.

    • 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
      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

  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.

  64. YES to tiny homes… YES YES YES

  65. I support this bill because it helps farmers grow more food for people in Hawaii. We need to be more food self-sufficient and are more able to take care of ourselves without being reliant on boats bringing food for us. There was a time when Hawaii was 100% fully self sufficient. The people who grew the food back then lived in tiny houses dotted across the land….Aloha, please support Hawaii and support this bill.

  66. peter risley says:

    We need to do this! This could be a real important part of Hawaii’s answer to food security. Allowing farmers to live on the farm could go a long way to a sustainable Hawaii.
    Lets get this done. We need it

  67. Diane Revell says:

    I support tiny homes in the North Kohala area for farms and other uses to provide less expensive and more efficient options for those who are blocked by the current lack of sufficient housing options at lower prices. Helping farm workers this way to make Hawaii food supplies more sustainable would be great.

  68. sarit says:

    I totally support the tiny house movement in Hawaii.
    Creating small self-contained units solves many problems regarding farm help and sustainability.

  69. Casey McCarty says:

    Let’s get our farm labors out of tents and cars. They support us all and deserve a bed with a roof over their heads. People with dignity make for better communities.

  70. Louise Hanna says:

    I support HB2. Tiny Houses are a sensible solution to increase food production and to house the homeless. Safe, convenient housing for our farmers, farm workers, and the homeless can make our community more attentive and attractive to both
    neighbors and tourists.

  71. One Island says:

    I have lived in Hawaii for 4 years and found the rental availability VERY HARD to find. But I am sure it is even HARDER for those who work for farm lands – their income can not come close to the majority of rental housing costs. Please, Please allow tiny homes for these valued people! from Brenna Gorveson

  72. One Island says:

    Sustainable living for EVERYONE is the way we need to move if we desire to conserve Hawaii’s resources. Less dependence on fossil fuels, grown not flown foods, pride in working AND living on the same land. I myself am currently living in an old worker coffee shack on a 10 acre farm. from Barry Meier

  73. One Island says:

    Tiny homes are a way for millenials to own a home. And it is a big way to have a small ecological footprint. from Kirby

  74. One Island says:

    Tiny houses are a promising development to ease the housing problem in Hawaii. I am a supporter of this legislation. from S. Denman

  75. One Island says:

    This is a BRILLIANT solution to the farm labor problem! from Linda Satchell

  76. One Island says:

    This is a simple solution to a number of complex issues. Even beyond farms, young and old people could prefer a smaller foot print and more enjoyable way of life. from Ashley Rose

  77. One Island says:

    It would be GREAT to pilot tiny houses on farm land – it seems like an excellent solution to farm dwelling challenges. I support this bill. from Zoe Hastings

  78. One Island says:

    I support Tiny Homes for Hawaii! from Jan Woods

  79. One Island says:

    From one who has built and lived in his own 160 sq ft tiny house, this is one way to build a better community. Tiny houses and the ones that live in it can truly help the land. From Ben B

  80. One Island says:

    I support Tiny Homes! from Loren Lindborg

  81. One Island says:

    Please give Tiny Homes a chnce. We do not live with in our means with large fancy houses. More land is tken and erased. People do not replace the resouraces for the world to live. Tiny is better! from Vailter Construction

  82. One Island says:

    Please make tiny homes a reality on this island! We need to live more sustainably and create more affordable housing for farmers and those who prefer to live using fewer resources. Tiny houses need to happen! It is the future! I support tiny houses 100%. from Naia Graham

  83. One Island says:

    Aloha – my name is Bonzai and I am a carpenter and already tiny house builder. I support tiny homes on this island because FARMERS NEED HOMES. People need homes … affordable ones. More houses for people to grow food .. more food. Please consider passing this and let Hawaii thrive. from Bonzai Holmes

  84. I wholeheartedly support HB2 which will allow tiny homes to be built on farm lands. (I would also support a bill to allow tiny homes to be built on land purchased by residents as their main home, or even second homes on larger lots.) There should not be restrictions as to the type of homes people want to live in or provide for their workers as long as they meet safety codes. Mahalo for supporting this initiative. Aloha, Barbara

  85. One Island says:

    Tiny houses – market based solutions to reducing housing costs for low and moderate income communities!Niko

  86. One Island says:

    Tiny houses will improve the living conditions and health of hundreds of people living on farms and in fear their living structures will be torn down by the building department. this fear prevents people from improving the structures. from Tane Datta

  87. Robert says:

    Small is still beautiful👍

  88. One Island says:

    It only makes sense. Especially on these islands. Let’s lower our footprint in any way possible! anon

  89. One Island says:

    Tiny houses bring people back to a sustainable way of living that changes the culture from consumption to conservation. this way of thinking will help to ensure that people can afford to live with in their means. anon

  90. One Island says:

    Realtors Support Affordable Housing! from Wailana Herbst

  91. One Island says:

    I work on sustainable issues and strongly advocate for agricultural housing. from Sue Aronson, Kona Coast Realty

  92. One Island says:

    We need affordable housing in South Kona. Moe housing = more agriculture = more tax revenue. from Gretchen Goo.

  93. One Island says:

    My husband and I are in our 70s and we need help with our Ag. A tiny house on our property would help us produce and pick our crops. from Suzanne Valve

  94. One Island says:

    We would love it if you could find it in your heart to let us be more self sufficient. We need affordable independence. We need to be able to choose how we live. I’m sure you understand. anon

  95. One Island says:

    LESS IS MORE! Renewables is the answer. anon

  96. One Island says:

    We need more shelter. Tiny houses are one way to help. from Dr. S. Shwartsman

  97. One Island says:

    This makes sense. People want this. Please help them. from Mandy Klawsum

  98. One Island says:

    for a State with enormous housing/poverty issues, this is a No Brainer. Promote local food production, Farming education and affordable housing with tiny houses. In full support. From a faithful voter, Jennifer Tsuji

  99. One Island says:

    People who live in Hawaii deserve affordable housing – those who rent are being overcharged to the point of homelessness! from hannah ashley

  100. One Island says:

    We deserve this option for rentals: NO MORE condos, second homes etc. Living simply off the land is the future we ALL need. from A/ Walsh

  101. One Island says:

    We need tiny homes to become a sustainable island! from Alessandra Rupar

  102. Deborah Sevy says:

    I support the tiny houses Bill. It is an obvious answer to many of our housing and farming problems. Only positive can come from the passing of HB2.

  103. Harriet Burkholder says:

    HB 2 directly supports Hawaii’s necessary growth back to sustainability. Please support!

  104. One Island says:

    We need these houses to provide for farm workers. They are comfortable and reasonable. from Martha Sunderland

  105. One Island says:

    Please allow us to live in tiny homes. We love smaller footprints and to spend more time out of doors. from Kevin O’Connor

  106. One Island says:

    Allow farm workers to live off the land and help develop sustainable living. Mahalo, Sharon Willeford, teacehrs

  107. One Island says:

    Yes this is a GREAT idea for the support of the Hawaiian people and the land they live on. from Mickel Alexander

  108. One Island says:

    Waa Hamakua, we support sustainable living and tiny houses in Hawaii. from Hualalai and Alohlani Keohuloa

  109. Judith Ekstrom, LMHC says:

    Tiny houses and sustainable agriculture provide critical resources for affordable living, health and well-being. It’s not about how much we individually accumulate that makes a valuable life, but how we care for and provide for our entire community. A smaller footprint can lead to big leaps in thinking. The time is now. One canoe.

  110. Misty Lacy says:

    Please know you’d be giving our children a chance at healthy living without clutter and chaos if we could have tiny houses here. As a single mother spending 15-20k a year in a saturated market, it’s next to impossible to get out of the ‘rental situations’ and be able have sustained living from the land. Mahalo Nui Loa

  111. Dickran Boranian says:

    Tiny houses with a large impact on our farmers’ need for help, our peoples’ need for housing, and our environmental need for sustainability. Tally Ho!

  112. June Perritt says:

    Tiny Homes are not only useful on farms but could help solve the homeless problem. Lets get these approved for farms and in the next session lets look at setting up tiny homes for the homeless.

  113. Lori Havens says:

    As a hawaii resident for over 33 yrs. I’ve seen and felt the struggle to remand in the place I love and want to live. I support HB2 for a number of reasons and think Hawaii should lead the way in this movement of the Tiny Homes. Mahalo!

  114. Courtney says:

    Yes, tiny houses would help farmers throughout the state. It’s very hard for farmers and farm helpers to live off-site, away from their farms, and be available to tend to all the issues that can occur on farm land 24/7. Farmers are also not notoriously rich, so it would lower the costs of farming.

  115. Lisa Darcy says:

    This is the first constructive evolution in the area of housing for over a decade that I am aware of which will be a game changer in creating new forms of living spaces for all types of needs. Having a ground floor experience in assisting those unsheltered, we know acutely the lack of affordable safe “rentable/purchaseable” spaces is the dam which is holding so many back from successfully being strong members of our communities and keeping them marginalized. In full support.

  116. Tom Bacon says:

    I support HB2 for many reasons; here are a few. Building codes that don’t address Tiny Houses are based on the false concept that each person’s housing needs are the same, and fairly spacious. Tiny Houses are safe, secure and comfortable (for the resident, maybe not the building code). They consume far fewer resources, obviously because they are smaller, but less obviously because the owners don’t buy a lot of “stuff.” Thus, there’s less garbage to deal with. Tiny Houses can help the islands become more food independent because farmers can afford housing to work their crops, and they can even relocate trailerable Tiny Houses to where the work is.

  117. brett gobar says:

    all Hawaii Islands farms need the ability to tastefully add reasonable farmer/worker housing, at affordable costs.

  118. Pete S. says:

    I strongly support HB2. We all know that housing in Kohala is tight, and that what is available is overpriced. Please support the hard working people that are helping us to achieve the sustainability that the islands so desperately need.
    Let’s offer a dignified way of life for those who help produce our abundant local crops.

  119. Steven Chiang says:

    I am SO in favor of this! As the Director of UH’s Agribusiness Incubator Program and GoFarm Hawaii, I was involved in helping Rep. Onishi draft a whitepaper related to off-grid ag housing (using tiny houses). As part of that, I researched this issue and we viewed some tiny houses built and placed on Hawaii farms.

    I believe that allowing “bonafide” farmers to live on their farms will greatly enhance both the viability of, end entry into, farming in Hawaii. My preliminary analysis showed that this could also be attractive for landowners (where the land is leased to farmers) for a number of reasons.

    Good luck on moving the needle forward on this important issue.

  120. Barbara Joy Bogorad says:

    Aloha*
    I strongly support Bill Hb2.
    Americans have woken up to the fact that we do not need large houses to live in.
    This is especially true for us in the Hawaiian Islands where most of our living can be out doors.
    Truthfully, if we are lucky enough to have purchased property on these islands, it is quite possible there is little money left for building a large house.
    Alas, most people are priced out of owning their own home.
    Please take the into consideration when placing out vote. Blessings, B Bogoad

  121. Sean James says:

    It’s incredible to see all this support!!! I believe Tiny is our future. We don’t need sustainable solutions, we need Perminant solutions that work for the good of the many and that’s Tiny!!! We should care and care deeply for the people who choose to make a tiny living off hard labor to make sure our food is most nutritious! This should be commonplace. Make it happen Senators!

  122. Keolalani Koaloha says:

    Please support tiny homes. We really need more affordable housing given we’re in a true crisis!

  123. Aloha,
    Especially with the trend towards smaller households of one or two people, Tiny homes would allow more greenery to exist on each plot of land. Much more eco-friendly and affordable and easier to maintain.

    With our beautiful climate we do not have to spend most of our time in a big house. Much nicer to enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Hawaii!

  124. Prudence Juris says:

    I support this bill for most of the reasons listed by previous writers. Senator Baker, please vote in favor of this bill.

  125. As a business owner and president of the Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii, I support the concept of tiny homes on ag land, to house agricultural students and workers. Young people come from around the world to learn the basics of tropical agriculture and the principles of Permaculture. Let’s nurture that interest by making teaching facilities economically feasible.

  126. Rebecca and Chris Speere says:

    Thank you for your support for the Tiny homes initiative. All around the world, communities are looking for solutions in housing. Let Hawaii residents implement this idea and bring it to fruition to make living in Hawaii safe and affordable.

  127. Michele Denise David says:

    please support this bill to allow farmers the ability to live on the land they are farming in Tiny Houses. This will undoubtedly help create affordable housing, more vibrant rural communities, less theft, and more food will be produced.

    The Local Food Goals section of the Aloha+ Challenge states that “in order to meet Hawaii’s goal of doubling local food production by 2030, it is important to build on Hawaii’s long history of agricultural innovation and abundance. Prior to Western contact, Native Hawaiians supported a population of one million through systems-based land stewardship and food cultivation practices. Hawaii’s ancestral knowledge can guide the future of the local food movement. In addition, the local food goals section states that we need to “help provide affordable housing for farmers, by locating them in areas that could offer long-term land leases and reliable and affordable water supply could provide opportunities for more farms to develop”(Hawaii Green Growth, 2017).

    According to the Congress for New Urbanism, there is also evidence showing that agricultural urbanism “a plan to combine urbanism with a variety of agricultural activities…allows food production to be tripled…[and that] by harnessing people living on the land, you actually increase production” (Steuteville, 2009: 427).

    I hope that you will pass this bill to support Hawaii’s sustainability efforts.
    Mahalo,
    Michele Denise David

  128. As the Program Director of the Hawaii Farmers Union Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program, these tiny houses could make the difference between success and failure for our beginning farmers. Anything that significantly reduces their overhead is a godsend.

  129. Judy Tokuda says:

    The Big Island is called that for a reason. It’s big, so allowing a young beginning farmer to build or set up a tiny home on his already difficult to come by land, it cuts costs for commutes on our increasing busy highway, provides a decent reliable shelter from the elements when necessary, provides better 24/7 security on all invested time, energy, materials, equipment & supplies & especailly deterance of theft of livestock or produce. Without the added dept of cost for expensive homes, & time it takes to commute, a farmer can dedicate much precious funds & time into the other important projects to better develop his or her farm sooner & faster. Farming in hard selfgratifying work. Plants do not plant & harvest themselves. Animals do not completely care for themselves. A farmer needs to make sure they have sufficient water & feed & a clean healthy place to live. At any unexpected time Mother Nature can strike a blow & a farmer needs to be forever vigilant & self motivated to keep going against great adversaries. Nobody cares until they see empty shelves in the markets. Life is already difficult enough for a farmer. Don’t make it impossible. Take steps to help farmers & in turn they will help you keep healthy fresh foods on your dinner tables.

    Requiring big architectually designed homes will only tempt a disheartened farmer to give up & sell to some rich person or corporation & turn the place into another highend vacation rental.

  130. Christopher healy says:

    Great for the community!Somewhat of a similar Bill that passed for the ADU (accessory dwelling unit) on Oahu, but more for the farmers.

    Mahalo,

  131. Stacey Himmel says:

    Tiny houses will ease the burden for the aging farmers in our community that need young people to work their farms while providing affordable housing to accommodate them~ The initiative is a step in the right direction…

  132. bob Ferguson says:

    This is a most important advance in making the expansion of local agriculture practical. Great work!

  133. Carol Lynn says:

    Please approve the Tiny House legislation.
    I raised my son in a Tiny House way back in the 80’s.
    He turned out great and would like to continue the family tradition!!!
    Carol Lynn

  134. Randall Sexton says:

    I have a small farm on a rural spot on the island of Maui. In order to work the land in a feasible way, we need to be able to build small affordable housing. I fully support legislature which makes this possible. Allowing tiny houses on the island of Hawaii would be a great step forward.

  135. Heidi Hirsh says:

    Please pass the tiny house law!

    Mahalos

  136. Joy says:

    Supporting affordable housing is supporting the community at large. There are so many reasons to support this bill HB2 for the health and welfare of the people of Hawaii.

  137. Cambria Moss says:

    Please support HB2 now up for your consideration. Hawaii is the most perfect place for Tiny Houses, because our climate allows for much comfortable time out of doors. And because housing and land is so expensive. We need to become food sustainable, and this will move us in that direction. Far too much of our food is imported! Please watch the film: The Power Of Community, How Cuba Survived: Cuba couldn’t obtain enough imported food. Furthermore, without a substitute for fossil-fuel based large-scale farming, agricultural production dropped drastically.

    So Cubans started to grow local organic produce out of necessity, developed bio-pesticides and bio-fertilizers as petrochemical substitutes, and incorporated more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Since they couldn’t fuel their aging cars, they walked, biked, rode buses, and carpooled.

    Tiny Houses for Farmers First, then everyone else! For single seniors, like me!

  138. Lani Bowman says:

    I am a native Hawaiian life long resident of North Kohala. I have agricultural land that I intend to do some sort of agriculture with. I am 65 years old I know I cannot do it by myself, I am hoping some of my children can. However with thevery high rental rates here in Kohala, many of my children cannot afford to live here.
    I am hoping this Bill will help my children be able to live on my land and help with sustainable agriculture for our community and state.
    What I DO NOT want out of this BIll is for people to build some “rental” units on their land to make a profit! I am wondering how can government be assured that in fact the tiny houses are for family or farm workers? Too often a Bill like this is passed and there is no follow up!

    Just my Mana’o!
    Mahalo, Lani Bowman

  139. The Tiny Homes movement is taking off globally. It is a perfect response to affordable housing, growing populations, homes for youth, seniors and makes for a viable working farm. Tiny Homes are the solution to many issues. Please support!

  140. Betsy Morrigan says:

    I strongly support the Tiny House bill. Enacting this law now will pave the way to help solve one aspect of Hawaii’s housing problem. I as a citizen and registered voter living in a rural area of the island of Hawaii see how this bill would help provide much-needed additional farm housing. Please pass this bill.

  141. Aloha,
    Blessings of generations…housing for farmers, comfortable and fair and true…natural…pumehana
    Please vote it through…

  142. Awesome initiative! Thank you…

  143. Claudia Imperato says:

    Please vote yes for the tiny house bill.
    We need to have more options for people. There is a housing crisis and I think this will be a great way to help families stay in Hawaii and for farmers to help with our food security.

    Please vote yes for bill HB2.

  144. Keolalani Koaloha says:

    Tiny homes to provide more affordable living is a “no-brainer”, is it not?

  145. Neil Vonhof says:

    Everyone can agree that there is an affordable housing crisis happening in the entire state. This is a great solution and a great step toward better living for the people of Hawai’i.
    Add the fact that it supports local, sustainable farming and it becomes obvious that a vote for bill HB2 is a fair and wise thing to do.
    Mahalo for listening to the people!

  146. Dominique Pozo says:

    Having farmed and vended for years at local farmers markets , I am aware and sensitive to myriad issues related to the food sovereignty movement.

    The financial challenges inherent to thriving as a small and independent local food grower, are many.

    Over the years my body has endured much physical pain due to the amount of output necessary to keep up and afloat financially.

    I am in FULL support of encouraging alternative housing options to make life as a local, independent farmer, more viable and enjoyable!!

  147. Anna Ariel says:

    Please yes to Tiny Houses!

  148. Barrie Rose says:

    As a tiny home designer and owner of a self-sustainable organic farm on the Hamakua Coast I am delighted to see the progress of our community moving forward to allow affordable housing for people in Hawaii. This has been a long time coming and the support is commendable!

  149. i have a small organic farm on the Big Island of Hawaii and LOVE the idea of tiny homes to support growing food on the aina… organic farming is very labor intensive and it takes a lot of people to grow good, chemical free and nutritious food. Hawaii is the perfect place for tiny homes as we don’t need to be indoors too often. good job to everyone working to make this happen. mahalo

  150. i support the concept of tiny homes for low income people to better live a simple more sustainable natural life…. i have built many such structures over the years, and find it very fulfilling to be able to be creative, unique, thrifty, sustainable, debt free, etc., in the type of structure i live in… everyone should have this opportunity and/or choice in life….. there are so many advantages, especially in a warm climate like hawaii….

  151. Randyl Rupar says:

    “To want less is to have more.”
    Living within a small home of intelligent design of space and beauty creates an atmosphere of a sustainable lifestyle.
    Farmers need homes for themselves and their workers.
    Tiny homes are financially affordable and leave a minimal footprint allowing more space to grow and process foods.
    HB2 is a nescessary next step to support our Hawaiian farming community

  152. tim gormick says:

    Our future hinges on this bill passing. We are talented at what we do and to be able to live small and produce large is a win win for everyone. Lord Bless this bill!!!

  153. We finally purchased our 5 acre Agg land for our bee farm and planned on living in temporary mini homes on our land while we build our permitted honey house and eventually our home. Now we are learning that this is not an option for us and we already built our mini homes! We have people that work for us for a work trade for food and a place to stay, we planned they would stay on our property but now we can’t! I can’t believe we can’t stay on our own property!! Now what? Praying to God this bill passes! We can’t afford to not live on our land!

  154. Tiny House Initiative will help to support farmers and farming communities throughout Hawaii, we need ways to help our farmers cut costs and this is will be a great way to house workers, cut down red tape permits, create healthy spaces and places so that AGRICULTURE continue to thrive in our beautiful Hawaii. Way to Grow! Mahalo to everyone who took the Leadership in bringing this HB2 forward.

  155. Always present in my mind is …”What happens if the boats don’t come?” Food security is crucial to our islands and it surprises me that it has taken this long for people to wake up to this fact. Making it easier to have permitted ‘Tiny Houses’ on agricultural land is imperative.

    The average age of our farmers is around 55 -60 years old. We need to pass down our knowledge and get our youth involved. They are leaving the islands looking for their silver lining somewhere else. We need to make it easier for them to find their dream right here on our ‘aina.

    I support Tiny House Bill HB2
    Sonia R. Martinez

  156. Ginger Sudas Buckley says:

    I am thrilled to hear that this bill has been approved in the houses, and would encourage the approval by all. I am clear that given the work involved in farming here in North Kohala, farm help and affordable housing go hand in hand. The current housing shortage prevents us from truly living up to the goal of living and growing for our community in a socially responsible way. We will all benefit from the ingenuity, creativity, and increased capacity building. We live in an extraordinary place on this planet, let’s keep the health of the land, and its people foremost in our minds, and hearts. Aloha, Sudas

  157. Beth Mehau says:

    We have AG land that could sustainour whole family and increase food supply for our county. Our six children would love to be home helping us but at this time we can only build two dwellings on our property. Our 6 children do not want to live with us forever. We are not asking for huge homes.. tiny houses would allow us privacy while staying together. Removing the cost of seven mortgages from our families spending would mean financial stability for us. We would be able to save money making us less at risk for needing government assistance and we would have more ability to spend local dollars to boost local economy rather than our money going to mainland banks via mortgages.

  158. Larry Lathrop says:

    We have been actively following the Tiny Home movement for several years on the Mainland. We are elated to see this much needed alternative living style awakening on the Big Island as well…. As a retired home builder I am looking forward to building our grand tiny home here soon. We are eager to support the Tiny Home movement which,we believe, aids farm sustainability and economic freedom.

  159. SUSAN COLLINS says:

    As a person living on the Big Island living on 5 acres, it has been difficult to find help to grow produce on my land due to lack of local, inexpensive housing. This would be a great opportunity for me to create inexpensive housing on my land where farm help could live.
    Thank you!

  160. Kathleen Provazek says:

    This kind of legislation for tiny houses would allow us as a retired couple to have young people farm our land and provide much needed fresh produce for North Kohala. We don’t want to waste the privilage of owning ag land because we are too old to do it all ourselves.
    I hope the governor signs this bill!

  161. Stephanie Scarbrough says:

    Once upon a time you could rent a “tiny house” in Kona for as little as $200. Called a “coffee shack”, this affordable housing located on the mountainsides of Hualalai was the perfect way to live an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Surrounded by the trees and plants that we farmed and that sustained us, we lived a low impact, sustainable, eco-friendly, community friendly, quiet, conscious Hawaiian life. It is appropriate, respectful and necessary to get back to the roots of real life in Hawaii by emphasizing healthy living in all ways and care for the Aina FIRST! Allow people to LIVE they way they Want to live. Give us the freedom to make our new Tiny Homes Now! InJoY and Peace

  162. Barbara Rives says:

    The time has come for the Tiny House.

  163. Gwen Larrow says:

    Being able to live on the land where food is being grown would be a tremendous step in encouraging Hawaii to be more sustainable. I sincerely hope this bill gets passed!

  164. Raymond Taveras says:

    Please support HB2. Tiny home living is a way to provide more affordable housing that has a smaller foot print. My parents are getting older and it would be great to have a tiny home as an option to have them live near us. That’s what I call Ohana!

  165. Jen and Pat McGeehan says:

    Governor Ige,
    We are asking u to support the tiny house bill, along with fast tracking the change of laws and permits and zoning for tiny houses throughout our state. A 10 acre parcel has the ability to give 40 families a sustainable and affordable home thru the tiny house initiative. If each community were allowed at least one tiny house community, think of how quickly the housing shortage would go away, homeless removed from the streets, people able to remain in Hawaii utilizing their gifts and talents to the betterment of our state…specifically the Big Island! Please vote YES! Mahalo!!!

  166. Deborah Sevy says:

    Please sign the tiny house Bill. It will encourage more food production which will be good for all of us in Hawaii.

  167. Peter Buchholz says:

    Aloha,

    I support Bill HB2 and encourage Governor Ige to do the same. Allowing for the people of Hawaii to do its part in developing and supporting increased locally produced foods.

    Governor Ige’s State initiative to double locally produced foods can only be accomplished by providing a means for agriculture (small scale farming) to be more accessible to individuals and their families by being on or near the land they farm.

    The Tiny (Affordable) House Initiative is a huge step in supporting a means for increased food productivity and Governor Iga’s Vision of a more sustainable Hawaii. With the support of the County of Hawaii’s County Counsel, Leaders and People of Hawaii we can begin the process to understand not only the obstacles that lie before us, but more importantly to build a Community Vision towards Hawaii becoming a center for sustainable living.

  168. John McGuire says:

    Governor Ige, I encourage you to support the HB2 legislation for the future of Hawaii’s citizens and as an example to the world of a responsible forward thinking society. Mahalo

  169. Tatiana says:

    Governor Ige,
    we are relatively new to Hawaii, however in our short time in Hawaii (North Kohala to be precise) we have witnessed a large number of farmers striving to provide local produce to the community mentioning one great obstacle that stands in their way – lack of affordable housing for farm workers. If this bill increases supply of affordable housing, I believe that not only farming community will contribute, but the Hawaii Island as a whole, since affordable locally grown food will be more available, making us less dependent on imports. I sincerely hope that you find this important bill worthy of your attention. Mahalo

  170. We need a great Tiny House Bill that will allow us to build beautiful safe housing so that we can spend out time working with the land to grow food. Thank You so much for signing this bill and making it legal for The People to double food production on these very special remote islands!

  171. Taber Shadburne says:

    YES!!! WE NEED THIS!!
    As a Hawaii landowner & potential farmer, I need this bill to help make my dream come true & my vision viable, so I can be of service to Hawaii!! There is NO DOWN SIDE of this legislation!! Please sign it right away!!

  172. James Vigorito says:

    Tiny homes are a great asset in affordable housing for the agricultural community.

  173. We are working to get our children in schools to have local food, which means we need 180,000 meals a week and our farmers need help. To become sustainable we need to support our farmers in producing as much food as possible and this takes helping hands. Let’s help those helping hands have a roof over their heads.

    For more information contact Kohala Center.

    Mahalo for such a great community.
    Catherine

  174. Kerry Beane says:

    I support this legislation, and overwhelmingly Hawai’i’s residents and farming community are in support. Legalizing tiny house structures will expand access and productivity of small farmholder landscapes, helping make our food secure economy ever more a reality. Gov Ige, to pass this legislation in support of our innovative workers and farms would show another example of our Aloha state’s leadership in demonstrating real solutions that further long term goals.

  175. One Island says:

    En Young:
    Tiny houses would hit two of our biggest problems: 1) Housing, 2) Food security. People want the dignity of work and a roof; let’s give this a try.

  176. One Island says:

    Herbert M “Tim” Richards III:
    Increased affordable housing for agriculture will increase labor availability.

  177. One Island says:

    Emily Emmons
    hoolafarms:
    I think that Tiny Houses are imperative to the future of agriculture on Hawaii Island and through-out the state of Hawaii. We finds one of the biggest challenges at our non-profit education farm is that we don’t have anyone on-site to manage the land, provide security, and tend to the demands of running a farm 24/7. With the addition of Tiny Houses on our 43 acres of property would allow us to increase food production by 50%+ or more, housing disabled veterans and putting them back to work.

  178. One Island says:

    Brooke Hansen
    :
    Supporting infrastructure to enable expanded food production in Hawaii Island is critical for food security. Because there are still issues involving paying minimum wage / living wages, providing housing can be used to make farmwork more attractive.

  179. One Island says:

    Landry Fuller:
    Tiny Houses will allow farms to increase production with staff living on property. As a result, food access will improve, helping Governor Ige reach his 2020 goal for increased sustainability. It’s a win-win for all.

  180. One Island says:

    Lenard Allen
    Dept of Health:
    Having tiny houses will provide farm land with low cost structures to house farm labor and allow food production to increase. As our need for food depends on mainland distributors, this will not sustain industry in Hawaii. We are in need of state-based agro business to provide jobs, educate new farmers, and put thousands of acres of unused land – once used for sugar cane – back to use to improve our local economy.

  181. One Island says:

    Anna-Lisa Okoye
    Farm to School:
    The cost of farming in Hawaii is incredibly high. Land, water, labor, inputs – the costs in Hawaii are among the highest in the nation. If we value local food in Hawaii, we need to support infrastructure and conditions that improve the economic viability of farming. Farm worker housing that is affordable and accessible is critical to the success of local farms and to recruiting farm workers. I encourage you to support this innovative solution to the shortage of affordable farm worker housing and to allow farmers to have an onsite presence to protect their crops.

  182. One Island says:

    Sandy B Rivera
    SNAP Ed:
    Affordable housing will increase farming members in the community, secure production of farms and expand time and effort on farming lands. All will move our community toward more food security, more production and healthier products.

  183. One Island says:

    Teresa Young
    Laulima Coop Center:
    I work with farmers as a Cooperative Development specialist. Here in Hawaii, they face many challenges. Place base farming is one of the challenges. Farmers need to live on the land. The time they waste driving back and forth to farm cuts productivity. Tiny houses are an affordable and great solution to having farm help living on the farm.

  184. One Island says:

    Donna Mitts
    Hawaii School Garden Network:
    Tiny Homes on ag land would be a great step toward an increase in food production. Lack of affordable housing is an issue that can be addressed through tiny housing. Mahalo!

  185. One Island says:

    Seri Niimi-Burch
    Farm Corps:
    In order to increase local food production and make farming a viable option for Hawaii’s local residents, especially young people – affordable housing for farmers and farmworkers are critical. Tiny Houses are a low cost and feasible option for housing on farms. Please support Tiny Houses on farms!

  186. One Island says:

    Tara Waller
    hoolafarms:
    Tiny Houses would benefit our farm on Hawaii Island by enabling workers and caretakers to live on the land that they are in charge of, saving time, increasing security, not to mention increasing food production for our community. This is a very important initiative to us!

  187. One Island says:

    Kenta Nemoto
    Hamakua Mushrooms and Web Designer:
    Tiny Houses on farms will help alleviate issues such as homelessness, high rents, commuter traffic, and lower capital investments needed to operate production farms. This will lead to increased productivity on farms which will bolster production. It will create more opportunities for people looking for meaningful work. The potential reduction of the cost in labor will translate to affordable, healthy, fresh and local food for the people of Hawaii.

  188. One Island says:

    Elizabeth Cole
    kohala center:
    Farms need workers and can’t provide jobs that pay sufficient wages without affordable housing. Small houses are one of the solutions to this problem.

  189. One Island says:

    Kristin Frost Albrecht
    Hawaii Food Basket:
    Governor Ige, Please sign this in to law and help our aging farmers be able to access young live-on farm help and keep Hawaii Island agriculture growing! Additionally, this will help our new and beginning farmers and ranchers be able to create economically viable agricultural businesses in a state where land and housing are extremely expensive.

  190. One Island says:

    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.HIFA

  191. One Island says:

    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.

  192. One Island says:

    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.).
    HIFA

  193. One Island says:

    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! HIFA

  194. One Island says:

    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.
    HIFA

  195. One Island says:

    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. HIFA

  196. One Island says:

    I’m a senior and there is a housing shortage on our island. Affordable Housing is crucial! Karen

  197. One Island says:

    This would be the best thing – so much needed on this island. Renee

  198. One Island says:

    Diane Swift:
    Tiny Houses on farms will lead to better quality and variety of produce and reduce prices for food.

  199. One Island says:

    Cat Girvatz:
    Tiny Houses will create livable, healthy space for more farm workers and work traders leading to producing more local veggies and fruits!

  200. One Island says:

    John Fishback:
    I will need workers to help my arm be productive and the Tiny House allowance will enable me to attract the workers. The State of Hawaii has only NINE DAYS of food to feeds its people – not counting tourists – before starvation sets in. A crisis is right around the corner.

  201. One Island says:

    Carol Prescott:
    With Tiny Houses on farms labor sources would be more stable, enably production of healthy foods to increase.

  202. One Island says:

    Jim Scanella:
    More local farmers equals more local food. I very much support Tiny Houses on farms.provide housing that is affordable.

  203. One Island says:

    Ron Roberts:
    Tiny Houses would increase food production and affordable housing.

  204. One Island says:

    Nancy Cat Jones:
    Tiny Houses would provide much needed housing for farm workers. It would aid in creating jobs and growing good food for our island. We need workers to grow the food and they need somewhere comfortable and safe. There is a housing shortage and this would hit two birds with one stone: more housing, more healthy local grown food.

  205. One Island says:

    Michael C Whelan:
    Tiny Houses are a missing link in providing adequate accommodations for a new generation of farmers

  206. One Island says:

    Keith Kurpita:
    Tiny Houses will lead to an increase in food production. If we had someone on site, our waste would be less. We are mac nut farmers.

  207. One Island says:

    Darlene Scancella:
    Tiny Houses increase the ability to produce more because of housing farm help. This would be a win/win situation for farmers, the community, and possible employment opportunities!!

  208. One Island says:

    Kathleen Provazele:
    Tiny Houses could allow for the much needed farm labor on small farms that now sit in pasture because there is no incentive to farm the land without a stable work force. We have 3 acres that we would like to be farming and provide fresh produce for markets, schools, but we are at an age that we can’t possibly do it all. It would be a godsend for us in Kohala to increase sustainable food sources and healthier people.

  209. One Island says:

    “I’m shocked that Hawaii imports 80% of its food when there is a year round growing season and so much available agricultural land. There is a crisis of affordable housing here. I think it is crucial to develop a tiny affordable housing system to attract, sustain and train young workers that can live on the land and grow more healthy food. It would increase the productivity and sustainability of the land.” George Knowles

  210. One Island says:

    “It would increase food production and supply to local farmers markets. Resulting in less need for importin or shipping less desirable and preserved food from mainland suppliers. Locally produced food is able to be sold at its peak freshness and is more healthy. Workers on local farms would be able to live at a savings compare to conventional dwellings and that would also translate into money going in to the local economy.” Rich Riggs

  211. One Island says:

    “Workers are essential to increasing production on our farm. It is so expensive to hire workers but if we can offer housing to attract good workers, Tiny Houses for farm workers will greatly increase the possibility of getting people to do farm work.” Peggy Piaskoski

  212. One Island says:

    “Provides places for farm workers to live at/near their places of work with affordable housing. Lack of available farm workers can stifle efforts to plant/maintain/harvest crops; so this would provide an opportunity for more farm workers to enable improved food production.” Diane Revell

  213. One Island says:

    Farmers need farm workers. In rural areas such as North Kohala, there is very little if any affordable housing. Tiny houses would be a hige boost to the workforce issue. A larger, more diverse work force means local farmers are able to hire the help they need to maintain and ideally expand their production. Teri Takata

  214. One Island says:

    “I am a kanaka maoli with 13 acres of Ag land. I would like my ohana to be able to farm our land to increase food productivity for Kohala and beyond. This Tiny House initiate would help our ohana be able to stay and farm the land.” Lani Bowman

  215. One Island says:

    “Farm workers need a safe and decent place to stay. Tiny Houses are the answer!!” Wanda Motoza

  216. One Island says:

    “If tiny housing makes rents affordable, it will in turn make local food a more cost effective endeavor and growing food locally might again become a profitable business.” Tatiana Kononova

  217. Carol Donovan says:

    I absolutely support any bill that helps those of us who want a smaller footprint. I’m a 71yr old woman who has the “permitted” plans ready for a 512sq ft, small, simple dwelling, to go on my 20,000sq ft lot.
    But can’t find a general contractor to build it.
    Hopefully in the future “small or tiny” won’t be considered just for ag land, we seniors need small too.

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