March 29, 2017 – Hawai‘i REALTORS® President Susan Savage and Past President Berton Hamamoto help build the ADU

Hawai‘i REALTORS® Partner to Build Tiny Home at Capitol

Near the State Capitol grounds, you can see an Accessory Dwelling Unit built or ADU. The structure is complete with a solar photovoltaic system and ramp for American’s with Disabilities Act accessibility.

The event was part of an annual Build-A-thon by the Hawai‘i Habitat for Humanity and Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice’s. Numerous other organizations helpd sponsor the program.

“Hawai‘i REALTORS® was proud to partner in building the ADU at the Capitol and ADU’s are such a valuable tool to utilize to help address Hawaii’s housing shortage,” said Hawai’i REALTORS President Susan Savage.

In 2015, the City and County of Honolulu passed an ordinance to allow homeowners to build an ADU. An ADU is a living space with a full kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities. The lot must contain only one single-family dwelling and at least be 3,500 in square feet size.

You can visit for more information on the ADU requirements.

Susan Savage, CRS, ABR, SFR
2017 Hawai‘i REALTORS® President

Susan Savage has been a real estate broker on Molokai for more than ten years. She grew up in California and received degrees in computer programming and system management. She worked in the tech and software fields, then in real estate new homes sales and resales until moving to Molokai. Since her move to the islands, she has served as Molokai Humane Society’s Vice President. She also served as a Board Member with Oceanside Longboard Surf Club in California.