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.

Please note: This property not suitable for guests under 12 years old due to inherent hazards in its non-traditional construction. Owners have a strict age limit for the safety of our 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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Reviews

6 Reviews

  • Doug R., July 2, 2018

    It’s a wonderful house with many quirky things. The pool is great.

    We had a lovely time at the Onion House. It’s a beautiful house with a great view. Very private

    Doug R.

  • David K., June 27, 2018

    Stay here if you can!

    The Onion House is a unique home that is nestled on the slopes overlooking the ocean and Kona. If you love nature, you will LOVE this house! The surrounding gardens are full of birds, which fill the air with their multitude of songs. The patio has geckos and other lizards to be amused by, and of course, this house is only a 7 minute drive to many wonderful attractions such as surfing and snorkeling!

    My family loved the indoor/outdoor, organic architecture of the Onion House. Although the humidity was on the high side when we were there, the many fans throughout the house kept it comfortable. The house has all of the creature comforts you would want, except air conditioning, such as a full kitchen, living and dining great room, etc. The house has a open floor plan – there are no floor to ceiling interior walls with the exception of the bathroom. The two main-house bedrooms’ walls are high enough for privacy but are open enough for conversation to be had from the living room to the bedrooms.

    The smaller structure on the north side of the pool is the master bedroom. It has a full bathroom, closet, and a wonderful view of the pool from a love-seat that overlooks the pool. It also boasts a king-sized bed that is very comfortable. I slept through the night. The master bedroom is connected to the main house be a covered walkway, which also has stairs that lead into the pool,

    The pool is wonderful. Perfect temperature, well-maintained, and goes from 3 feet to 8 feet deep! Very nice for floating, playing, or swimming laps!

    David K.

  • Anthony F., June 26, 2018

    Incredible experience, great time to visit the island!!!
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    Wow!!! I had very high expectations of the onion house, and they were absolutely met and exceeded! Truly a living work of art, and I’d spend the rest of my life in that pool if I could.

    MOST IMPORTANTLY: leading up to our stay, we were very worried about the air quality due to the volcanic eruption. It was absolutely not an issue for us!!! We had people as old as 70 in our party and nobody experienced any respiratory difficulty of any kind. Don’t let the news throw you off!! This is a fantastic time to visit the island- it’s not crowded at all, and the volcano is only affecting a very small area that is usually off tourist radar anyway.

    Everything about our stay was perfect. The host was lovely, the house was very clean, the kitchen was bigger and easier to cook in than I thought it would be, and I can’t say enough about that amazing pool… even the carport had me excited!!

    So to sum it up… don’t miss out on this amazing vacation experience because of worries about the volcano!!! The onion house will not disappoint!

    Anthony F.

  • Tom B., June 6, 2018

    Utterly satisfying and relaxing!

    Everything about this house brings a smile to your face, from when you open your eyes in the morning and see the gardens to when you finally haul yourself out of the glow of the pool before bed. We thought we would tour the island, go snorkeling, see the volcano, maybe hike. Instead we couldn’t leave the house except to get provisions, it’s that fantastic.

    Tom B.

    Seattle, WA , USA

  • Architectural Masterpiece in Paradise!

    The Onion House is an Architectural Masterpiece. Starting with the stained glass, then to the massive concrete octopus like arms that support the dome shape, the fiberglass roof panels which make the home translucent,the screened walls which connect you with the sounds of nature, to the privacy of the master suite, the lanai connecting the master & main house, the amazing pool which spans the length of the main house, the beautiful gardens and finally the amazing patio where our family spent most of our time enjoying coffee, food, feeling the warmth of the sun and enjoying the Hawaiian breeze. This home is amazing, comfortable and is well equipped with about anything you might need. It is convenient to beaches, snorkeling, historic sites, restaurants and gift shops.

    This trip was in celebration of my youngest son’s 21st birthday and the Onion House and the Big Island of Hawaii, certainly checked off an item on his bucket list in a big way.

    Terri, the booking manager, was an efficient wealth of knowledge to point us in the direction of a book about the big island prior to our trip. We visited the Onion House the week after the earthquake and initial volcano eruptions in May of 2018 and were a little nervous about traveling to the big island during a time when some families were losing their homes and there was a “state of emergency” for a part of the island. Terri was amazing and helpful to give us facts about the home, things to do, complete information needed for our stay and to alleviate our concerns about the earthquake and volcano. She was able to fully alleviate our concerns about the volcano before the trip.

    We feel in love with the Aloha spirit of the Big Island and can hardly wait to book our next stay at the Onion House. We hope you enjoy your stay there as much as we did. Many thanks to the owners for sharing this amazing home with our family.

    Debbie, Judson and Josh

    Canton, GA, USA

  • Jan H., March 5, 2018

    So unique, like living in a jungle but 5 min. From town.

    Like 5 star camping. Fabulous pool and view. We all loved the experience.

    Jan H.

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