A tiny house on the lawn at the State Capitol is attracting some big attention. Lawmakers are hoping it'll stir up enough talk to get homeowners to seriously consider purchasing accessory dwelling units, or ADU's.
     Some lawmakers say ADU's are the key to easing Hawaii's affordable housing crisis.
     Habitat for Humanity and Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice teamed up to set up a 400 square foot ADU.
     The studio unit is a kit home and costs about $60,000.
     It's powered by solar and off the grid. Some of the home's features include a full kitchen and bathroom accommodations.
     ADU's were approved for development in 2015, but sales haven't taken off as quickly as expected.
     City and state officials said it could be a game changer for Hawaii's ailing housing market.
     
     "This is an opportunity where local families local homeowners and landowners can get involved and add a cost-effective way build one of these rent it out and possibly even earn some income," said Senator Will Espero.


     "For an aging person you could move out of your large home into an ADU and rent your home to a family so both ways it works and I think it's...how do we build housing for the people who were born and raised here so they don't have to leave," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell.

         Incentives for homeowners seeking ADU's include, no sewer hook up or permit fees. That's a savings of about $10,000.
     
     Deborah Zysman was one of the first family's to obtain an ADU permit. Crews are currently working on a retrofitted model at her home in Manoa.

     "Part of the reason we did it was to help our family .We have two small kids and you always need a little extra income but part of it was also really how could we lend a hand and help people who are having trouble finding a small apartment," said Zysman

     About 145 ADU applications have been approved. Hundreds were also rejected due to inadequate sewer capacity.
     City officials said they're looking in to possible solutions to address those issues.

     The mini hale will be up for two weeks. On site tours are open to the public on weekdays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.