|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Created for the McCormick Spice family, the Onion House is a unique architectural treasure with stunning visual aesthetics. It has been featured on MTV, Travel Channel, Learning Channel, Fine Living Channel, HGTV, Global Architecture Magazine, and Architectural Digest.
You will have the entire estate to yourselves. Swim and sunbathe in privacy, enjoying the 70' pool, gardens, and lily ponds. The terrace faces sunsets and Kailua Bay, providing the ideal setting for candlelight dinners. The translucent roof and walls of stained glass allow filtered sunlight throughout. The detached master suite features a private walled garden. A covered outdoor walkway leading to the master bedroom structure is flanked by lily ponds and the turquoise pool overlooking the sea.
With grounds of nearly an acre, five minutes from town or beach, this is the perfect base camp for exploring the Big Island.
Guestbook: Beth, Beth, how can we ever say thank you enough for the beautiful experience at the Onion House? Joe and I and my mother had the most relaxing and enjoyable time. I cannot think of anything that was missing. We did manage to get to a beach so Mom could put her feet in the ocean and one day we drove to Waimea so she could see the lava flows, We also managed to get to a coffee plantation. Other than that, the privacy and peacefulness at the house was the high point of the trip. The geckos, birds, flowers, fruits and plants along with the sound of water in the pool made for a paradise. We slept great, got up at dawn and just watched the place come alive. I cannot imagine ever going to a hotel again. Thank you again for being a part of this gift for my mom. Dawn
Hi Beth, Peter and I had a great time at the Onion House. It did so much for us as a couple and as hard working people. We have come back to Sonoma with new energy and vision as to how to enjoy life fully. We did alot of exploring this time on the big Island. We went out past Havi to the trail head that goes forever. We hiked down two mountains through two rivers and found bamboo forests and Jurassic Palms. We also went horse back riding near Waimea and had so much fun with the people and horses, it reminded me of being a child with my friends. We found a beautiful beach just north of the airport where we hiked along the lava flow and found fresh water spring fed pools in the lava to swim in after the ocean. We felt like Adam and Eve. The house was such a magical place to end our day and watch the sun go down. We loved swimming au natural in the pool and playing kids games. Thank you and your family and your Aunt's vision for creating a haven on earth.
Namaste, Michele & Peter
26 days in Hawaii and the Onion House was definitely one of the highlights of
Thank you for letting us experience the Onion House for those two days. My
family never stopped grinning from ear to ear the entire time they were
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your Aunt and the history of the house. I
have been sharing the story and pictures of the house with my friends and
neighbors. Your Aunt is a character I won't soon forget.
The overwhelming feeling I had while staying there was one of thankfulness
that you restored the house and then let others experience it's unique charm.
Thank you, Beth, for everything.
Beth McCormick is a largely self-taught artist who has spent her life exploring the expressions of spirit in a variety of media. As a child she fell in love with unusual architecture, and later had the opportunity to purchase and renovate the Onion House, part of her family’s legacy, which has become a widely acclaimed example of Organic Architecture. Beth McCormick’s artwork has been collected internationally, and ranges from the natural splendor of feathered masks and shields, to landscapes and figures rendered in pastels and oils. The artwork and home have been chronicled in many television and print features, and her artwork has been shown in over 90 galleries nationwide and abroad. Her work is in many private collections, including the Michael Rosenberg Collection in London, and the Chris Hemmeter Collection in Hawaii. She also works to establish sustainability of the natural world through the Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii, of which she is a founding member.
The Owner purchased this house in 1984
There's no place on earth like this. It's a wildly original form of architecture, distinct from any other structure, hand-built by architect Kendrick Bangs Kellogg.
A unique part of Hawaiian history, the Onion House is a pivotal piece of my family's history, built by my favorite aunt, 'Auntie Dofeen.' I have the opportunity to share the home with guests from around the world, who bring friends and family to celebrate special moments in their lives.
This is the only place I want to stay in hawaii. I wanted to for years and now that I can you're booked (for the rest of this year.) So sad. But I will make it one day. Thank you.
This place was amazing. Very peaceful, and very beautiful. If you have the chance, stay at the Onion House. My boyfriends father took seven of us around new years, there was plenty of room. I can't think of one thing that turned me off about this house. There are almost no real walls, its all beautiful stained glass and secure screens that seperate indoor from outdoor. Inside of course there are walls, it's private. My favorite thing, making breakfast in the morning and eating outside on the patio next to the pool. Having coffee and playing with the geckos, (they love scrambled eggs!). If you're going take me with you! To the owner: Thanking you for sharing such a great and special place! I'll remember it forever!
We spent 10 days at the Onion House and would have loved to spend 10 more! Everything about the house is beautiful and there are stunning views of the sunset from the master suite. We loved waking up to the sounds of different birds and really enjoyed listening to light rain fall against the roof a few evenings. So relaxing! We will definitely be back!
What a vacation experience! My husband and I (in our early 40s) and our two boys (age 12 and 13) had a blast at the Onion House and the island of Hawaii. It is hard to believe, but the house is even more beautiful than the pictures on the website. It really is. Walking through the house is truly like being a butterfly. The stained glass panels, the translucent roof, the views of the lush landscaping, the view of the sea, and the view of the AMAZING and HUGE (and deep) pool is spectacular. I won't repeat all the other reviewers comments here, but want to add a few things not mentioned. We rented a convertible and it was such a great choice- it's a great way to see Hawaii and worth the extra expense. We drove on every major highway around the island at least once. The Onion House is easy to access all the island has to offer in less than a day. We tended to get up fairly early, take a morning dip in the pool, and head out for adventures and were always back for the sunset and the night swimming we all loved. The pool is lighted to change colors and it is so beautiful at night. If you are wondering about traffic and distances, we left for Volcano National Park at 7:00 AM, did a 5 hour bike ride around the volcano from 9:45 until 2:45 (it was beautiful), drove through Hilo, drove across the saddle road and visited the Mauna Kea ranger station, and circled around back to the Onion House by 6:00 PM. It was a long day, but we covered so much of the island. Another day we went on a snorkeling tour through Fair Winds on the Hula Kai, which is only a 10 minute drive away, but saw more tropical fish than I could imagine. Another day we drove to Polulo Valley, hiked down (about 15 minutes down and 20 minutes up) and looked around the black sand beach and mountains, stopped at a fruit stand and had fresh coconut juice, swam at Hapuna Beach (hot but gorgeous), and made it back for a luau in Kailua! Another day we went to Waipio Valley and hiked down a ways (but it takes longer and is more steep than Polulu so we didn't go all the way down) went to Akaka Falls State Park, and went swimming at Beach 69 and still made it back for sunset. Another day we visited a couple heritage sites south of Kona and snorkeled at Two Step- HIGHLY RECOMMEND. It only costs $5 to park and it was the BEST snorkeling we did anywhere. The grounds around the house are great and we even played hide and seek in the trails! Kids will love it and adults will be blown away!!!
The pictures of this home are not misleading. It is an amazing piece of architecture that is truly at one with nature. You will feel like you are camping in very high style. The birds and geckos are beautiful and the water features and 70' long pool are so serene. The walls are made of screen, stained glass, and lava rock. The landscaping is lush. It is like no other house in the world.
You will feel like you are staying in the home of a close friend - there's nothing cold or impersonal about it. There is a sense of spirituality and peace here unlike any other place I've been. The owner / previous guests have provided things for all to use: music, books, snorkeling gear, and toiletries. The kitchen is fully stocked with beautiful plates, utensils, linens reminiscent of the Orient, and basically everything you need to cook each meal if you so desired, including condiments! There are plenty of beach and bath towels, a washer and dryer, and all the conveniences of home.
From your first inquiry, Beth makes you feel so welcomed and I've found myself chatting with her via email over the course of the year - she's a wonderful listener with sound perspective - like a soul sister though we've never met in person! Jeanne, the caretaker, couldn't have been nicer. They consider you "Ohana" after you've enjoy the home and you will truly feel like family!
Beth's recommendations for everything were spot on. She created a page for all to read and follow, in my opinion, to make the most of your stay. She recommended us to use Manta Ray Dives of Hawaii and ride horses at Na'alapa Stables and we loved both adventures! She suggested a fishing excursion that we did not listen to and were sorry we didn't....my oldest said after the disappointing fishing experience, "We should have listened to Beth!" I laughed as he only knew her name from my saying (after the mantas, a few restaurants, Two Step, and the horses they so loved) "This was Beth's recommendation!" I don't feel as though she recommends any particular place without a reason, probably from repeated personal experiences. The restaurants, beaches, waterfalls, volcano - all were perfectly described.
This home is very private, but you are minutes from most places to see on the Kona coast and can drive to the other side for an excursion as well!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay at your home. We loved the onion house and are already planning a return trip!
I'll start off by saying the place is even prettier than the pictures.
I'm really practical, though, so my review is meant to tell you things that I was unclear on before we arrived:
- there is a full height fridge, but it's pretty narrow - you will want to shop for 2-3 days at a time, not for a week+
- there's a Safeway and a Walmart 5 minutes drive from the house, and you can get food, cheap boogie boards, suntan lotion, etc. when you get there
- the kitchen has a dishwasher
- there are many condiments, plus toilet paper, paper towels, etc. You can probably also find shampoo and whatnot for your first night in the stocked cabinets
- there's counter space in the kitchen, but not a lot, two big sinks, and an electric stovetop
- there are two full bathrooms plus an outdoor shower for when you come home from the beach
- the main reason I think people say it felt like exotic camping is that the walls alternate between glass panels and screened panels - so there's always a feeling of an open air setting. You cannot "shut" the screens.
- if you are highly averse to insects and geckos, find a different place to rent, as the house is in a very lush, tropical setting and there are lots of critters who live there that know how to get in and out - geckos, centipedes, ants, etc. They find their way into the pool, too. If you're cool with that, then this place is otherwise like Disney on steroids - truly spectacular.
- The bird calls in the morning are very close to where you are sleeping. Awesome. It's like sleeping in a treehouse.
- You will have a great view of the sunset over the ocean from both buildings each night
- There's a nice little spot to walk near the house, and you can meet some of the neighbors there
- The house is very dim at night. Prepare for this during the day, as it's kind of hard to find stuff at night.
- You're within 20-40 minutes minutes of some really spectacular snorkeling and white sand beaches, maybe 15 minutes of coffee farms, and 10-15 minutes to tourist central shops and restaurants. (Daylight Mind and the Frenchman's Cafe were personal faves)
- Beth was super easy to reach and very accommodating.
- Our 9 and 14 year old sons were never in danger from the lava wall drop-off. It's not a problem.
- There is a nice washer-dryer.
- Happy house hunting!
A mini-continent offering a taste of almost every climate on the planet, the Big Island of Hawaii is known for fountaining volcanoes, emerald cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and year-round sunny, warm beaches. Some of the best telescopes in the world are located on the snowy peak of Mauna Loa, while the reefs offer snorkeling, diving, whale-watching, and surfing in abundance. One of the most famous places in the world for swimming with wild dolphins, Kealakekua Bay and the City of Refuge offer a delightful introduction to the underwater realm. (Be respectful; let dolphins approach you if they want to interact.) The night dive with manta rays is one of the world's top-rated dives.
Other Activities: Swimming with wild dolphins, turtles, mantas. Exploring Hawaiian Sacred Sites
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning fee per week||$350 + Tax|
More information, photos and video, plus my suggestions for restaurants, adventures, hikes, and snorkel spots, can be seen on the website: http://www.onionhousehawaii.com
Hawaii State Tax ID #- 099-218-6368-01