Kauai's Monolithic DOME home

Other - Entire home/apt · Menehune Rd, Waimea, HI 96796, United States

The Space

This studio in the main house has a kitchenette, a private lanai and is very tranquil. If you are looking for peace and quiet, this property offers a cloud like atmosphere, real Hawaii'ana, and it is as laid back and small town as it gets. Sleep in peace like you have never slept before in our memory foam bed with adjustable firmness.

We are located just a few short miles from the base of the Waimea Canyon, also known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" with it's ever changing hues and colors.

Enjoy the soothing sounds from "The Menehune Ditch" as it passes through the hollow lava cliff before ascending into a waterfall that feeds the live water pond just outside your front door. The tranquility of this valley radiates from the cliffs and from the river, you can almost hear echoes of voices from times gone by. Walk to the back of the property and relax by the river or hike up the river into the true back country. Or just lounge on the lanai enjoying the gentle flowing water, gazeing at the cliff while listening to birds of all kinds.

We are close to the most beautiful beaches on Kauai...Barking Sands and Polihale State Park, you cannot beat the sunsets in the West. Only a few miles further up the road you will experience a birds eye view of the world famous NaPali Coast from Koke'e National Park.
A few short miles or less up the road brings you to the ruins of an old Russian Fort built when an unsuccessful attempt was made by the Russians to take control of Hawaii. And in the middle of Waimea Town you will see the site and the beach where Captain Cook landed and became, the first westerner to visit the Hawaiian Island.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Cleaning Fee: $75
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • We stayed at "The Dome" for a few nights and had a wonderful time! It was just what we wanted - cozy, limited (but reasonable for a smaller space) kitchen supplies (including small refrigerator, hot plate, coffeemaker, etc.). Jo had a good supply of snorkeling gear and other fun beach (website hidden) and Dave (the dog) were very welcoming. There were plenty of walkable paths right from the Dome, which is great, but the location is just perfect for being on the west side of Kauai. Plenty of beaches nearby, right next door to Waimea Canyon hikes, food in town, whatever. Thanks for Jo for her hospitality!

    March 2014
  • We loved staying with Jo, everything was set up so nicely and with great care for detail! We actually found the place to be even larger than it appeared on the pictures/ we expected from the description! Of course, fitting a kitchenette into the bent corner of a dome requires a bit of improvisation, but after some slight re-arrangements we the whole place was baby-proof and also our 12 month old son had a great time climbing up and down the bed. Thanks so much for the stay!

    March 2014
  • It was great staying at Jo's Dome. Was an amazing (website hidden) was a very nice host.

    November 2013
  • JUST WOW! If you ever go to Kauai, don´t miss to stay at the Monolithic Dome home. From there you can easily explore the wonderful Waimea Canyon, fantastic Na Pali Coast and great beaches around Poipu. But it is not only the location why you should choose to stay with Jo - she is an extremely interesting and warm-hearted person and the Dome home is very special! If you are ready for a unique and memorable stay - book it!

    November 2013
    Response from Jo:


  • Report from the honeymoon couple for who I booked the trip: overall reality did not match expectations. Bugs (expected) and screens in state of disrepair (not expected). Convenient to hiking canyon, but far from swimming beaches.

    October 2013
    Response from Jo:

    I was not going to review these kids because they did not book the room but since they were not happy I should explain why. Over all they were a fine young couple with not much exposure to culture outside of their small PA town. They were having a wonderful time until they were caught speeding. They were asked to slow down but refused and flipped off the most influential local landowner instead, who later stopped by to explain things. Again rather than apologizing for running this man's grandkids and wife off the road this guest proceeded to pick a full on fight which ended up with 2 police cars at my house and other neighbors ready to step in if needed!!! This guest was almost arrested on his honeymoon!!!! He later explained to me that he was used to dealing with low income rental thugs with guns and mountain hicks.. I tried several times to explain to him that he was waaaay out of his league and in great danger if he continues with the disrespect. I tried to him calm down but his testosterone was out of control. We are in Hawaii-Brah...CHILLAX, They were obviously very shaken up over the ordeal which would explain why their stay was not what they expected. My words of advice to these kids to be applied to ALL future travels regardless of were you go: "respect the locals" You'll live longer.

  • We had exactly the kind of authentic Hawaiian experience that we wanted, staying at Jo's amazing Monolithic Dome Home. It's a magical place, facing a stunningly gorgeous canyon side and perfectly quiet, save for the constant fluttering and singing of various birds. We stopped to feed Benjamin the horse carrots where he hung out in the river just beyond the Dome Home on our short drive to town, and were greeted with joy by sweet doggies every time we returned. Our accommodations were comfortable and pleasant, and included snorkel gear and beach (website hidden) is a wonderful host, friendly, fascinating, inspiring and open. Thank you for an unforgettable visit!

    September 2013
  • Great place to stay for the adventurous (website hidden) is super cool and has built a work of art as her home in a unique location at the opening of Waimea canyon. Waimea town is walkable from there and if you do a little reading about the Menehune Ditch (Kīkīaola) and original settlements along the way you'll find that this is one of the most ancient areas in the Hawaiian islands. Also well worth it to cross the suspended footbridge down the road, on the other side is a rural environment of sunken taro fields, horses and dogs wandering around, and the general feel that this place, and the people living here, have been like this for a long time. Heading up the road deeper into the canyon gets even more primordial and eventually leads to a hike up into the lush remote valleys of Waimea.

    You can whip up a good meal at the Dome if you're used to camp cooking (the best kitchen feature is the BBQ). Ishihara Market, right in town, has good local fish and meat. Best NY steak ever. Seriously. The farmer's markets are the cheapest, and best, produce around. We grilled up some local squash with the steak, and finished that with some of the abundant tropical fruit for dessert. Truly amazing what deliciousness grows on Kauai!

    All in all, the Dome is not the typical spot, if you want a beach resort this isn't it, but if you like to get deep in there when travelling this serves perfectly as a base for exploring the less visited west side of Kauai.

    September 2013
  • Great Nights! Great Host! Everybody who wants something special is right here!

    August 2013
  • Jo has an amazing and very unique home where we felt very relaxed and at ease. I definitely recommend visiting this magical dome house and getting to experience what Waimea Canyon has to offer.

    August 2013
  • Jo has a beautiful, unique home in a stunning location. We were very much looking forward to our stay there. However, because the actual accommodations did not conform to the listing and there were some cleanliness issues, we left at 2:30am in the middle of our first night there.

    Although the space was otherwise clean, it was full of spiders and their insect-filled cobwebs. I understand that we are in the forest of Kauai, but it was apparent that it hadn't been cleaned in quite some time and was really in an unacceptable condition. My husband spent an hour up on a ladder that Jo gave us cleaning out the spiders in an attempt to make the accommodations work.

    The next issues arose when we got ready to go to bed. The screen door had significant holes in it, so in order to keep island creatures out, we had to close the glass door. Because the door was closed and there are no windows in the space, it quickly became very hot (website hidden) quickly provided us with another fan that we requested, but it unfortunately did little to cool the space down. Additionally, we were unable to sleep because the bed does not have a real mattress, as advertised. Instead, it has three foam mattress pads stacked on top of each other. It provided no support and was impossible to sleep on, which ultimately led to us leaving in the middle of the night and sleeping in our car.

    There were several other issues with the accuracy of the listing that you should be aware of should you consider staying with Jo. The first is that the categorization of the accommodation is misleading. It is listed as an entire home/apartment. While the space does have a separate entrance, it is best described as a room with a private bathroom. The space shares all of its walls with Jo's main living area and is quite small- there is no living room or seating area as you would expect if you were renting an entire home/apartment. Second, the space that is described as a "kitchenette" is misleading. It is really a movable cart with some dishes and a mini-fridge with a microwave and toaster oven on top of it. There is no sink other than the bathroom sink. While it is nice to have, it is not a space in which you can do any significant cooking and should not be described as a kitchenette. Third, the wifi provided in the space is quite weak. I had two bars, so loading pages was quite slow.

    Other than the spider/cobweb issue, the space is quite nice. Because of the inaccuracies in the listing, however, I suggest that anyone interested in booking this space request additional pictures from Jo so that you aren't surprised as we were when you show up and the space is not what you thought you were getting.

    August 2013
    Response from Jo:

    Fortunately AIRBNB found their complaint to be invalid and compensated me for their stay and I am collecting for the damaged screen and missing items.
    I am terribly sorry that these drama queens misread the listing that clearly states that this is a studio apartment attached to the main dome, some people would call this a duplex. It should not be considered a private room inside my home. The bed is indeed a memory foam bed that comes in 3 choices of firmness because you cannot please everyone. Unfortunately Joanna was not able to connect those dots but had she mentioned she was uncomfortable I would have happily showed her how easy the fix was as I have done with many other happy guests. Joanna left the door open and the lights on which attracts flying insects which she is not used too. There was a small tear in the bottom corner of the screen which I did know existed. I could have easily repaired the tear with tape just for the night and replaced the screen in the morning but they flat out refused. The listing mentioned a kitchenette which is what is available. Joanna complained that there was not a hot plate when in fact I kindly pointed to the hot plate and all other cooking equipment to her and showed her how to use it, as I do with all of my guests. I'm sorry for her that she forgot what the hot plate looked like and then tried to use this as a poor excuse to save money because they overspent on their vacation.
    Joanna mentioned that my space shares all of its walls with jo's main living area. I'm trying to image what Joanna saw when she was here, there is only 1 wall that we share. I'm not sure Joanna was looking at my listing when she made her reservation. I have had many clients do "significant cooking".
    At any rate they are sweet but seem to have been so overly pampered in life that they seem to be having a difficult time on their own. As far as the internet, she must have logged into the wrong wifi connect, I specifically told her which wifi to use and which not to use but she did not follow these instructions.
    All my prayer to them. Please read all of my other wonderful reviews from my wonderful guests.

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I fell in love with Kauai during my first vacation here in Dec 1999/Y2K. I decided to stay. I built my childhood dream dome in the back county where horses are not only common, they roam free, often stopping at my house to snack. I made a movie of the building of this dome, there is a short version streaming on you tube just do a search for monolithic dome homes and you will see me!!
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