About Terri Watson
The Onion House was recently purchased by Harry and Barbara Last. Barbara had wanted to visit this architectural wonder some time ago and when she learned that the property was for sale, she insisted that they book their stay immediately. Upon awakening in the Onion House the very first morning, Harry fell in love with the unique architecture and as well the engineering structural aspects of the overall property. They both decided that they wanted to be the purchasers, not only to enjoy for their family, but also to continue to preserve and maintain this wonderful property for guests as well. Pouring over the construction details of the Onion House also brought back memories. Many years ago in the late 1970’s, Barbara and Harry, a mechanical engineer and inventor, designed, and built by hand a hillside home in the Vancouver, B.C. area, complete with an indoor swimming pool for their three children, all in competitive swimming. In order to combat humidity in the pool area, Harry soon became interested in automatic pool covers, which eventually led to him founding a business in that industry, which still exist as a closely held family business today. Barbara and Harry will continue to connect with Beth McCormick (the former owner) as an advisor on the maintenance and preservation of the property. Guest contact will be facilitated by Terri Watson, who has also managed guest relations on another Hawaii property for the Lasts. Property Manager Jeanne Awaii, along with her staff, who have managed the gardening and maintenance and welcomed the guests to the property for many years, will be staying on as well.
Terri Watson purchased this Estate in 2017
Why Terri Watson chose Kailua-Kona
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. It combines the indoor-outdoor living that defines Hawaii with visionary, organic architecture. You've never seen anything like this.
What makes this Estate unique
A unique part of Hawaiian history, the Onion House is a pivotal piece of the McCormick family history, commissioned by prior owner Beth McCormick's favorite aunt, 'Auntie Dofeen.' and build by well known architect Kendrick Kellogg Bangs of organic architecture renown. This home is Kellogg's first piece as both architect and builder, and launched the Organic Architecture movement of the Mid-Century Modern craze that dominated Southern California. Kellogg went on to build well-known works such as The High Desert House in Joshua Tree, CA, Lotus House, Wingsweep, the Hoshino Wedding Chapel in Japan and Charthouse restaurant in Rancho Mirage, CA. We have the opportunity to share this home with guests from around the world, who bring friends and family to celebrate special moments in their lives. Many of our guests are repeat visitors, and the "Onion House Family" spans the globe. Of note: The Onion House isn't for everyone...... The Onion House is not suitable for families with young children (less than 12), or for those who have difficulty with steps, due to safety considerations inherent in its design. We make no representation of the house as accessible. Smoking outside only, please. The Onion House is true Organic Architecture - it is not a climate controlled, sterile resort- like location. There is no air-conditioning (we use many fans!). It is truly indoor/outdoor living in a shelter of roof, screen, glass and rock cooled by nature passive design.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children not allowed - No children under 12 due to safety concerns.No children under 12 due to safety concerns.
No smoking - Smoking outdoors on deck only.Smoking outdoors on deck only.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 12 - Due to safety considerations inherent in design.Due to safety considerations inherent in design.
- Please note that the County of Hawai'i has implemented new vacation rental regulations - as a licensed rental, we share them in the rental agreement.
This was our second stay at the Onion house, and we fell even more in love with the property. Jeanne was super helpful, as always, and everything was in perfect condition. Can not wait to come back again.
We had a fabulous time, the home and property are extremely unusual and stunning. We opted to forego our island adventures and just stay at home. We did not regret it.
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the property. We tend to just stay home when we visit as well!
Best on the island
This was our 4th stay at the Onion House and as always is a piece of heaven. It feels like our home away from home and rejuvenates our souls as soon as we step onto the property. See you again in 2 years!
A hui hou
We loved it and didnt want to leave.
Thanks! We often have that same experience when we visit!