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Habitats Hawai’i

While most of us around the continental U.S. are experiencing the nip of winter cold, these tiny houses on the Big Island of Hawai’i are looking wonderful in their warm, tropical environment. Habitats Hawai’i are tiny homes on wheels created to simplify life and to live in a blended environment with the outdoors. The Habitats are a self contained living space which offer all of the basic necessities which one can then expand by way of arbors, plants, stone and water. Each of the homes are wired for 110 volts and are solar ready.

The Paniola is the first and premier model built with attention to quality and detail. The finishes include Sapele wood custom cabinetry, bamboo flooring, glass raindrop door between the bathroom and the kitchen, full insulation, refrigerator, two-burner stove, on demand hot water heater, a heater for cooler nights, Wilsonart countertops, an office, and an indoor bathroom with a shower and a composting toilet. The ladder is a unique and ergonomic design custom made from beautiful Sapele wood. The dimensions of the Paniola are 16 feet x 9 feet x 14 feet and there is a comfortable sleeping loft with windows above the kitchen. The Paniola is solar ready, wired for 110 volts and set up for a rain water catchment system. This Habitat is available to see by appointment only. Please call Barrie Rose at 808-960-6785. You will have the opportunity to discuss custom designs to fit your individual needs.

Watch the video of the Paniola on YouTube.

The Hele Mai is a compact Habitat which lends itself easily to mobility. This model has tremendous storage capacity underneath the punee or couch which doubles as a sitting area and a bed at night. The awning windows are custom designed by talented craftswomen on the island and offer great ventilation and light. The Hele Mai’s shower and composting toilet are outdoors, and it’s also set up for solar and a rain water catchment system. The company rents this model out for romantic getaways.

Photos courtesy of Habitats Hawai’i

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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Cathy Johnson (Kate) - January 10, 2011 Reply

What a wonderfully clever bed/table/storage arrangement!

    Anne - January 10, 2011 Reply

    Agreed. Nice little vardo set up.

MJ - January 10, 2011 Reply

Changes the face of some of the other ‘on wheels’ tiny homes in a major way. It is so good to watch the flow of ideas as this concept grows and blossoms…good work, Habitats Hawai’i!

Deek - January 10, 2011 Reply

I think with the cost of living in Hawaii, you’d HAVE to live in one of these. Very nice


Mia - January 11, 2011 Reply

I love the design! I want to figure out how to apply a floorplan like this to my 78 VW bus…(obviously watered down since it’s smaller…)

Susan Juetten - January 11, 2011 Reply

A perfect climate for a tiny house. Am passing the link on to friends on Kauai.

nan - January 11, 2011 Reply

Barrie, if you’re reading this – excellent work! Those are both beautiful houses. It’s -7 degrees here right now. I’d love to come to Hawaii and buy one tomorrow!

Erin - January 12, 2011 Reply

This is adorable! AMAZING use of space! I think one could live quite comfortably in this! LOVE it 🙂


LUKE - January 14, 2011 Reply

After spending most of my life in Hawaii which has the highest property crime rate in the nation, I can tell you that I would be afraid of someone stealing my trailer home when I was not there! No Joke..

    Donatella - October 8, 2011 Reply

    One of those GPS trace units like you can use on cars should work. It’s not like it’s going to go off island before you notice it’s missing, and you’d catch the thief red handed 🙂

Susan tempke - July 27, 2013 Reply

I also think the tiny habitates are great…but I think they are not legal in Hawaii . Long ago Mobil homes were banned and its probably a good thing as the islands beaches would be covered with people living in them …on the beach. Not a good thought.

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