The Onion House, Hawaii

Entire villa hosted by Terri

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 2 baths
Self check-in
Check yourself in with the keypad.


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A wildly original architectural gem set on a high terrace overlooking the Kona Coast, the Onion House was built for the McCormick Spice family, by renowned architect Kendrick Kellogg. With the whole home to yourselves, you’ll relish the privacy to swim, sunbathe and enjoy the 70' pool in a lush tropical setting. Walls of screen and stained glass let you live in touch with the environment, so this experience is like luxury camping.

The space
Translucent arches filter the glow of sunlight and moonlight. Walls of screen and colorful stained glass invite the ocean breezes. You can slip into the pool any time of the day or night. You’ll feel the pulse of the natural world. “Eye candy” abounds in countless details.

The lyrical arches of the main structure are echoed in the separate master bedroom suite, featuring private meditation garden, bath, and king-sized bed. With no outer walls, only screens and stained glass separate indoors and out. The main structure holds two smaller bedrooms with full size beds, bath, great room, and fully equipped kitchen. The terrace overlooking Kailua Bay offers an extraordinary setting for candle-light dinners.

Set on nearly an acre of mature trees, the Onion House is 5 minutes from beaches and Kailua-Kona town, yet a world apart. This landmark of Organic Architecture has been featured on the Travel Channel, HGTV, the Learning Channel, Fine Living Channel, and MTV, and in “Global Architecture,” “Architectural Digest.”

IMPORTANT: This home has many stairs and uneven surfaces. Not suitable for people with mobility limitations. This home is by no means an accessible space.

PRIVACY: While the grounds are private from neighbors, within the space, especially with larger groups, privacy is a bit limited. The home is most ideal for parties of 2-4. While there are sleeping spaces for 6, this situation will be a bit crowded in the third bedroom and privacy will be limited.

Please note that the County of Hawai'i has implemented new vacation rental regulations. The Onion House has been officially licensed by the County. Common sense rules apply to guests:
(A) Quiet hours shall be from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m., during which time the noise from the STVR shall not unreasonably disturb adjacent neighbors.
(B) Sound that is audible beyond the property boundaries during non-quiet hours shall not be more excessive than would be otherwise associated with a residential area.
(C) Guest vehicles shall be parked in the designated onsite parking area.
(D) The STVR shall not be used for commercial purposes.
The STVR Registration Number is: STVR-19-361289
The Nonconforming Use Certificate Number is: NUC-19-1205
("Nonconforming" basically means that our vacation rental is not located in a resort zone.)
Hawaii State Tax ID # GE-157-258-9568-01

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 double bed

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Private pool
TV with standard cable
Private patio or balcony
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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4.93 out of 5 stars from 30 reviews


Where you’ll be

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States

With tropical rainforests, beaches, plunging waterfalls, snowcapped mountains, and an erupting volcano, the Big Island of Hawaii is a mini-continent containing nearly every climate on earth. Yet the Kona Coast, at 500’ elevation, sheltered by Mount Hualalai, is perhaps the only place with the gentle weather ideal for this very open style of building.
While in Kona, you can swim with manta rays or wild dolphins, fly over the erupting volcano, zipline through the treetops, sail, paddleboard, scuba, snorkel, or bodysurf. Minutes from the art village and galleries of Holualoa, and the Donkey Mill Art Center, the Onion House is the perfect base camp for your exploration of the rich diversity of the island.
A walking trail just above the house winds through an established older neighborhood with large trees. A very good French Restaurant is just a short walk down the hill. A number of excellent restaurants are within a five to ten minute drive.

Hosted by Terri

  1. Joined in April 2015
  • 30 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I work as the Booking Manager for the owners of this home, Harry and Barbara Last. I've stayed at the Onion House several times as a guest, and work with the owners and the onsite team to help make your stay memorable!

During your stay

When you arrive, our on island manager will ask you to notify her by phone. She can answer your questions, help you with the house, and be your local resource --- but will leave you in privacy. Our crew will check in with you to see if you need anything. Pool service and gardening generally done on Wednesdays.
When you arrive, our on island manager will ask you to notify her by phone. She can answer your questions, help you with the house, and be your local resource --- but will leave yo…
  • Policy number: GE-157-258-9568-01 (Hawaii GET and TAT taxes collected and paid on all reservations)
  • Language: English
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within a day
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Self check-in with keypad
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's COVID-19 safety practices apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Heights without rails or protection
Climbing or play structure

Cancellation policy