Maui Shipping Container Houses: My Big Flip Flop

Eating Architectural Crow

Is there such a thing as a Crow Buffet? A place where militant ideologues can sheepily feast on various crow specialties after they realize the error of their rigid ways? [Bacon wrapped kale and crow mini souffles with pomegranate mustard drizzle.] I need to buy an all-you-can-eat ticket because very recently I went off on a rant about shipping container houses. Most of what I had seen was either really ugly, or super crazily architected into luxurious complicated expensive worlds that were far beyond the reach of most people. I just didn’t like what I had seen until this:


And this:


I officially love this shipping container house.

There I said it. Just like a vote-hungry politician, I have officially flip flopped. But this is not political. Here’s how the transformation unfolded: Daniel Engelman of Engelman Construction reached out to me via this blog and suggested we meet in Paia over some Vegan treats at Maka.

He showed me some computer generated renderings of Honomobo’s shipping container modular houses and I was intrigued. Not sold mind you, but intrigued. I’ve seen many a rendering that has remained confined to its cyber world and never seen the light of day.

Production-Ready & Easy Delivery to Hawaii

When Daniel let me know that their first model was nearing completion at the factory in Alberta, I was determined to dig deeper – so I booked a flight to Edmonton and was able to witness their big launch event that was held at Edmonton’s main central city plaza.

Daniel and the Honomobo team pulled of an incredible event flawlessly; the house was delivered, furnished, tents erected, DJ spinning, Green Carpet, folded towels in the bathroom, and Pellegrino on the counter. Then there was the line up – hundreds of people – thousands actually showed up on the first day – people waited in line for over an hour just to get to peek inside this charming turnkey house.


Maui Dealer is Yours Truly

The Honomobo team thinks Hawaii could benefit from their product and I agree fully, so I’ve agreed to be the Maui Dealer and representative. I have some homework ahead of me – going to check into permit process for these houses and putting plans in place to have a model on my property in Haiku so that I’ll be able to show people the actual space.

If you’d like to see more pictures, visit my article at ModernonMaui. Email me for the US dollar brochure – prices during the introductory period include shipping to Hawaii. The Canadian dollar is in the dumper, so until that changes, the pricing works in our favor here.  

Liam Ball, R(B)


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17 Responses to “Maui Shipping Container Houses: My Big Flip Flop”

  1. Susan Fox
    July 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm #

    Awesome article Liam, you have me intrigued.

  2. Marcia Kalama
    July 13, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    I’d like to find out if this is a possibility for Hana.

    • John MacDonald
      January 5, 2017 at 2:10 pm #

      We are building custom container houses here on the island of Maui if you are interested.

      • Dee Anne Domnick
        February 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm #


        I’m interested in your container houses.
        I live and farm on the Big Island. Have you ever shipped to over here?
        Please send photos and prices.


      • Nicole
        February 28, 2017 at 10:15 am #

        Hi. We have been thinking of using containers for a house for a long time. I love the idea and the cost savings that is involved. Could you send me some samples of a two bed two bath that you have come up with? Would love to see some ideas. Thank you!!!!


      • Rosalie Schreiber
        March 3, 2017 at 7:56 am #

        Would like more info, we are interested in a container home, thanks

  3. Greg Kelsey
    November 25, 2016 at 5:51 am #

    Very interested in container home on big island.

    • Liam
      November 25, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

      Hey Greg – thanks I just emailed you with the catalogue and some other info.

      • Jo-Anne Aiwohi
        November 27, 2016 at 2:28 pm #

        Aloha Liam,
        Hope all is well! Can you email me some information, I too may be considering this for our Big Island Property.

        Mahalo and Happy Holidays!

        • Liam
          November 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm #

          Hey Neighbor! Coming right up.

        • Liam
          November 30, 2016 at 7:24 pm #

          Hey Jo-Anne – my email to you bounced back. Can you send me an email? Thanks

    • Bradly McComb
      November 27, 2016 at 6:06 am #

      I’m also interested in a container home on the big island.

  4. Mariana
    December 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    Can you please email me brochure for options on Big Island? Thank you!

  5. Jared
    December 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    I would be very happy to read more and see a brochure for options on the Big Island as well! Please and thank you!

  6. Napoleon Kacatin
    December 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

    Would love more info on sizes and prices and such. Would like to build here on big island.

  7. Camille Sauve
    January 28, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    Also, think of getting a container home on the big island. Can you send me details as to pricing. Thank you!

  8. Shea Geist
    February 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm #

    Thinking of container home on Kauai. Do you have any information on regulations? Are container homes allowed on Kauai? Thanks!

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