The Onion House Kona, Hawaii

designed by Kendrick Bangs Kellogg
  • House
  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from $ 389 nt
What we like about this property

Otherworldly but entirely organic and innovative in form, this famed holiday home in Hawaii was the result of a highly improbable and daring adventure in architecture. We love the unusual translucent forms, the natural island materials used in its construction and the fascinating story behind it all.

Description

Designed and hand built in 1962 by budding architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg for the McCormick Spice family, this stunningly unusual holiday home in Hawaii is a unique vacation experience set in lush tropical gardens above the Kona coast. Featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, HGTV, The Travel Channel and many more, it’s part of an unforgettable slice of Hawaii’s history. Set on over an acre with gorgeous views of the Pacific, the compound is very private with staggered outdoor terraces and gardens surrounding the striking structural forms.

The project was the dream of an eccentric McCormick heiress who’s passion for adventure and Polynesian culture led her to enlist Kellogg to create a work of art in harmony with the natural environment. A pioneer of organic architecture, Kellogg’s life’s work would expand the vocabulary of structure beyond any buildings that had yet been conceived. Constructed of fiberglass with metal work by former Lloyd Wright collaborator William Slatton who forged the gate and spires, and stained glass by James Hubbell, the home was entirely hand crafted. Falling into severe neglect in the intervening years, the home was rescued and lovingly restored by artist Beth McCormick (niece of the original owner).

Comprised of two main spaces, a covered outdoor walkway connects the master bedroom with a private walled meditation garden to the main structure, which houses two smaller bedrooms, one bath, and a fully equipped kitchen. All of the living areas are illuminated day and night by the translucent fiberglass and colorful stained glass where from the main fireside living area you’ll enjoy stunning views.

Lava Rock walls create a high terrace overlooking the sea, where the two arched domes lie surrounded by a wrap around pool and tropical gardens where you can lounge and dine in paradise.

With single minded passion and visionary talent, it stands today as a testament to the imagination, creativity and grit of two kindred souls that created something rare and memorable and the woman who saved it from ruin.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

WiFi throughout, cable TV and stereo audio system, kitchen and bath essentials, laundry facilities, outdoor grill. Grounds crews on Wednesdays with mid-week cleaning available for guests staying seven days or more. Private parking. 

AROUND

Pristine beaches, lush jungle, snow capped peaks and lunar deserts, this is an island of contrast and natural wonder with eleven out of the world’s fourteen known climates. Just five minutes from the bustling resort town of Kona, The Queen’s Highway coastline takes you past the dazzling five star resorts and some of the islands best beaches including Hapuna and Mauna Kea to the north and Captain Cook and Kealakakua to the south. Many of the provincial turn of the century homesteads and remnants of early plantations and coffee processing plants are scattered along the road as a lasting reminder of Big Island life and identity. Historic Hilo can be reached in just under two hours drive on the interior Saddle Road or head through the southern route past the archeological site of the City of Refuge in Honauna. North Kohala and Waiamea lie just over an hour north with a charming and eclectic mix of historic plantation style towns of art galleries, cafes and the stunning Pololu Valley at road’s end. It’s a great stopover on your way to Honokaa and the magnificent Waipio Valley in the historic Hamakua district.  Head up the Belt Road and into the treetop rainforests of Volcanoes National Park at Mauna Loa or the sometimes snow covered landscape of Mauna Kea where you truly can ski or snowboard in paradise. 

LOCATION

Kona, Hawaii. Nearest Airport: Kona International (30 min)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Tropical and warm year round, the Big Island features all but two of the world’s recognized micro-climates depending on the area. Fall can get a bit rainy but is rarely a wash out.

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The Onion House

from $389/ nt
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Quote Details

$260 x 4 $1,040
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $140
Taxes Not included
TOTAL $1,280
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
TOTAL (with Deposit) $1,780
Notes
Payment Terms:
  • $1,280 due now
  • Balance due
Cancellation Policy:

100% refund for cancellations request by at (property’s local time). No refund if less than 14 days priors to arrival day.

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Info & Rates
Bedrooms3 Bedrooms
Bed Type1 King, 1 Queen, 1 Double
KitchenFully equipped
Bathrooms2 Bathrooms
Accommodate6 Guests
InternetRobust Wifi throughout
Pet friendlyNo
RatesRates from $389 per night. Please see rate table below.
Minimum Stay4 nights
ViewExpansive view of Kailua Bay, the Kona Coast, and the Pacific Ocean
Notes

Refundable security deposit of $500.

Check in: 4pm

Check out: 10am

These times are not usually flexible.

Prices are for 1 or 2 guests.

Additional guests (3 or more) are $25 per person per night.  

Plus: 

Tax of 14.42%

Strict cancellation policy please inquire

Weekly cleaning fee of $350.

Rate Table

  Minimum stay Price per night
May 1 to August 31 4 nights $417
September 1 to 30 4 nights $389
October 1 to November 14 4 nights $445
November 15 to December 23 4 nights $500
December 24, 2018, to January 1, 2019 5 nights $610
January 2 to April 30, 2019 4 nights $467
May 1 to August 31, 2019 4 nights $445
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