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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Susan Fox

July 2, 2016

Awesome article Liam, you have me intrigued.

Susan Fox

July 2, 2016

Awesome article Liam, you have me intrigued.

Marcia Kalama

July 13, 2016

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

Marcia Kalama

July 13, 2016

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

Greg Kelsey

November 25, 2016

Very interested in container home on big island.


November 25, 2016

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

Jo-Anne Aiwohi

November 27, 2016

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!


November 30, 2016

Hey Neighbor! Coming right up.


November 30, 2016

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

Bradly McComb

November 27, 2016

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


December 12, 2016

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


December 14, 2016

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

Napoleon Kacatin

December 28, 2016

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


June 15, 2017

I’m very interested for the island of Maui in the Kula area. Mahalo Liam!


June 20, 2017

> Mahalo e Kumu. Ua lawe au īā ʻoe i kekahi leka uila.

Chelley Cochran

September 4, 2017

I would be interested in the information for a possible container home on Big Island. Which permits are required if any?
Thank you, Cheey

Kelly Stamy

October 14, 2017

Hi Liam, was considering this company for property in Montana, now looking to build on the Big Island. Would you email me the catalog and all info you have?

Thank you.


October 14, 2017

Hey Kelly – I just sent you an email. Thanks! >

Andrea Duarte

October 15, 2017

Aloha, interested in a container home for our 2 acres in Hawaiian homes Keokea ag section
Please call or email me please.

Caleb Wittenmyer

November 29, 2018

Aloha Liam,
I would love to get some more information on these units and costs associated with shipping and construction. I currently live in Haiku and am looking to purchase some land. I have always been intrigued by container homes and these units are stunning.

Please send any info. to my email or via snail mail:
Caleb Wittenmyer
140 Waipuhia Pl.
Haiku, HI 96708

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