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Dawn McConnell

Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Dawn McConnell

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Speaks: english
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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Hanalei House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 bedroom plus den room. sleeps 2

This unique home is built up high on a hilltop overlooking the Wainiha Valley. Surrounded by beautiful jungle vegetation you will be reminded of what old Hawaii must have felt like. It is situated at the end of the road about 1/4 mile from the Wainiha Grocery store Hub and the ocean front. We are 3 miles past Hanalei town towards the Na Pali coast and 2 miles from the Na Pali coast and the Kalalau trail. The property is at the end of our street on an acre of landscaped grounds with 4000 acres of tropical conservation rainforest jungle surrounding it on 3 sides. The atmosphere is peaceful and secluded and guests that love it here are seeking a tranquil retreat where they can be in the midst of nature, close to beaches and hiking trails and exerience the joys of eco-tourism.

You will wake to the gentle sounds of the river below, a songbird symphony and distant ocean waves, . Early morning rains bring amazing rainbows stretching across the valley. There is an enclosed indoor lanai that overlooks the valley and a large open outdoor lanai with a BBQ and the same vast unobstructed valley and mountain views.

The home is built to optimize trade wind flow so the temperature stays comfortable even on the warmest of days. Each room has windows overlooking valley , jungle and mountain. Lush tropical vegetation abounds such as red, pink, white gingers, orchids, green, yellow and red palms.. sacred ti's and much much more.

There are many cove like beaches within a 1/4 mile to 4 miles of the home such as Hanalei Bay, Lumaha'i, Tunnels, Ke'e as well as some local less known and less frequented spots. If you like to explore or photograph each day is a gift. The Na Pali coast with its famous Kalalau trail is 2 miles away. Hanalei town is about an 8 minute drive away where you can find little restaurants from casual to very high end and lots of little shops as well as a few night life spots.

The home is about 1400 sq ft of space with 2 large bedrooms, set off on each end of the large open living room. There is a third sleeping area with a single day bed in the enclosed indoor lanai. Guests often comment that they love that area for lounging and reading

The home has a small ohana unit in the lower half which is separate and private with its own entrance, bathroom and lu'au kitchen. It can be included if more space is desired.

Keywords: Exotic Hilltop Jungle home with awesome views of the mountains, jungle and valleys.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Dawn McConnell (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2007
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Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Dawn McConnell

I am a nurse, photographer & writer. I've travelled the world in my lifetime and lived in unusual and intriquing places. I settled in Kauai a few years back because i found it to be a ' sacred world apart'. I lived here with my daughter until life and the mainland called to her.

The home is in a special area known by the locals to have ' good mana'. So when I say it is whispered that dreams can come true here, I am serious, if you can tune in that is.

Although the house was eventually too big for me alone, I choose to stay here and share the magic it offers. I have rented it now for almost 8 years and have met vacationers from all around the world and every walk of life. . Its magic seems to attract , for the most part, unique and delightful people and I feel blessed by that.

The tranquility of the property and the gentle sounds of water and birds make writing and daydreaming easy. The local people are full of life and heart. You can learn the meaning of aloha here just by hanging out with them.

In my travels I was drawn to the richness of life, the multifacited human experience, so Kauai has been perfect for me. Aparently it is one of the most diversely populated places in America.

Hanalei is not for those who seek a bland, homogenous experience. I say that to warn off any travellers who would fare better the resort hotel vacation.

This is a safe place, probably as safe as any you can find, but it is not sterile. Someone might yell at you when you '' hog' the bridge, and once in awhile you hear a wild boar hunt way off in the jungle or a sky shaking thunderstorm passes through , leaving us sparkling clean and wide awake.

My life has not always been easy but it has been a good teacher. It has taught me to be open to it, to be more, rather than less, to hear the whole forest of birds sing and not miss out because I'm irritated by one rooster's morning crow. Kauai is perfect for that kind of ' adventure' . It is saturated with sacredness.

Dawn McConnell purchased this house in 2004

Why Dawn McConnell chose Hanalei

We choose this property because I was very ill when I moved to Kauai and needed a place to try and heal. I immedately knew that this place was special and if I could recover anywhere it would be here. Within months my health began to improve and now 10 years later I am healthy again. I know in my heart of hearts it was because of the magic that is here.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy all the benefits that I have mentioned already. I forgot to mention though that this place is never without a story, a new screen play or a new experience of some multileveled kind. If you are a photographer you will never lack the perfect picture. They are constantly unfolding everywhere. If you want to be part of the community here you can get involved. There is a lot going on to get involved in. There is an ongoing development and encouragement towards sustainable living and best of all there is a spark of a movement back to the old ways of Ohana ( shared living and caring) kuleana (respect and responsibilty) and aloha..which is heart.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We REALLY enjoyed your " treehouse" Sitting on the lanai during the rain or waking to a rainbow just outside our window was extremely enjoyable. Or fav place to eat was the dolphin ( their fish tacos are to die for) but having our own little Hawiian BBQ downstairs was also fun and tasty. The most amazing hike we have ever been on was the Kalalau trail. LONG Day but TOTALLY worth it! The St Regis brunch is delicious ( especially when you add passion fruit or guava mimosas) and has the best view for any meal. We loved playing with your kitties and loved discovering wildlife here. Swimming with the turtles " so totally rocks " ( as Crush would say) Thanks and aloha..
Jan 2013
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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 4 nights
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based on 18 traveler reviews

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Exotic unobstructed mountain and valley views..walk to beach
average rating of 4.611111 based on 29 reviews
Denver,CO. USA

Paradise and Jimmy

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week with Dawn at Red Ginger and it was better than any medicine! I'd had a long illness and no place could have soothed my soul like this lovely house and the gorgeous surroundings. We spent many nights on the lanai with a pitcher of something cool and fruity (and just a bit of rum) never tiring of the loveliness all around us. Our days were full of beaches, caves, mountains and much more, but at night we came home to our jungle paradise.

The house sits up high and there are incredible views from any window.....and there are windows everywhere. It's furnished with anything you might need or want including a massage chair that my husband and I fell in love with.

Then there is Jimmy! He is a sweet little tabby cat that keep watch over his domain. He never bothers you, but is willing to take all the love you're willing to give. He just wouldn't stay in my suitcase when we packed to leave!!!

Thank you, Dawn, for letting us share your little slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

from the desert to the jungle...

  • 5 of 5

Such a beautiful, amazing place to wake up in for 2 whole weeks! We thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and the laid back vibe of Hanalei. Short drives to perfect beaches for snorkeling, hiking, and good food! We love how Dawn has made each space a peaceful place of it's own. So very quite. And the outdoor tigerwood shower makes you feel like you're in the most exotic place in the world! My husband and I can't wait to return, and call this place home for another 2 weeks! Thanks so very much Dawn!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Peaceful Paradise....the Perfect Getaway....

  • 5 of 5

I loved my recent stay at this wonderful home & property, finding it an oasis of comfort, beauty, and regeneration.

It came as a bit of a surprise to realize that considering all the activities of my Hawaiian holiday, the most favourite & memorable times of my visit to Kauai were the hours spent contentedly savouring life at the retreat-like Red Ginger. It provides an atmosphere of relaxation, ease, & contentment, & was a welcome relief at times from the day's busy-ness. It seems to invite a peaceful, gentler, slower way of doing life.

I returned home with many sweet memories of times at the Red Ginger spent enjoying a variety of simple pleasures- leisurely meals, good conversation & fine coffee on the outdoor lanai, being cooled by the ever present soft tropical breezes, & taking in the sounds & sights of the surrounding tropical jungle valley. Lovely too, was the nightly star-gazing, the deep, restful sleeps in the comfy bed, the lush greens & rich textures & colours of the tropical gardens, the outdoor shower & the many opportunities for photography. Simply sublime!

The location, (handy for many activities straight out of the Kauai guidebook), was only a quick drive from many area beaches, the restaurants & shops of nearby Hanalei, the Kalalau trail & NaPali Coast,etc. (don't miss the takeout burritos from Red Hot Mama's just down the road) The home's location made for a good base from which to venture further afield and explore other areas of the island (the galleries of Hanapepe, Lihue, & the busier more developed South Shore attractions/Poipu, etc.)

Couldn't have been happier & left feeling renewed & refreshed - highly recommend!

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Paradise Retreat Indeed!

  • 5 of 5

Down the end of a quiet 1/2 mile residential road is Dawn's peaceful, charming home! We hoped for a remote quiet space with easy access to various north shore beaches and restaurants, and thats exactly what we got. The space was clean, functional, and provided just about everything we would want, including the ability to do laundry, and beyond, the lovely sounds of morning rain from a bedroom high above the forest floor with breathtaking views, tropical birds, and just outside, a pair of friendly cats waiting for our emergence each morning.

Of our 11 days, we spent 9 in the main unit, Red Ginger, and, due to having booked out trip after others had spoken for Red Ginger later in our trip, 2 in the smaller cottage space beneath. Both were lovely, and equally outfitted, though the views from Red Ginger were more spectacular.

Dawn as well was available as needed, but always discreet, and always helpful in making our stay as wonderful as she could.

Though not on the beach, these accommodations offer something a beachfront property could not, that we really wanted. The quiet of a remote retreat, high on a hillside, with gorgeous views, and deep jungle sounds, and lots of privacy, without losing easy access to Hanalei and environs. Add to that the fabulous oversize outdoor shower, and we were very happy!

A true Zen retreat! The magnificent Kuan Yin sculpture was a great clue! - )

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
San Francisco, CA/USA


  • 5 of 5

I came to the Red Ginger for a personal retreat and it was absolutely amazing. I was surprised that the weather was still so nice in late December. The place was very inviting, classy, and clean. It was surrounded by the most breathtaking jungle/mountain view I have ever seen. I felt like I was in another world. The owner was very attentive to my needs and I was provided helpful information about where to go and what to do on the island. I felt so comfy in the place that it was difficult for me to leave. Thanks Red Ginger. I'll be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful Tropical Haven

  • 5 of 5

The highlight of our trip to Kauai was our one week stay at Red Ginger Hale. It is a beautiful property which is accurately depicted in the listing. The owner was gracious, helpful with our questions and provided interesting and useful general info about the area. We enjoyed walks, beautiful beaches, good food in nearby Hanalei and much more. It was all good. Would love to go back there again!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Lihue Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
45 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Mediteranean Gourmet
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Wainiha, Lumaha'i and Tunnels
Car: recommended



Rates & Availability

From $255 Per night

Hanalei House Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $175
Notes A cleaning fee of minimum $175 will be added to the fee .. fee may change according to number of guests and length of stay,
** Prices can vary also according to length of stay and number of guests, Quoted vrbo rate is approximate

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.


Hanalei House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
  • Master bedroom has a queen bed. It is a large room with beautiful views of the valley, jungle and mountain. There is also a second den with a queen bed as well. It has views of the jungle vegetation
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
nearest beach is a quarter of mile away, several other beaches within one to five miles away. Famous Kalalau trail is about 2 1/2 mile away

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