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Luxury Jungle Retreat with expansive, unobstructed mountain, and rainforest view

Hanalei, HI, USA
  • Cottage1400 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House 2 bedroom villa style house overlooking mountains and valleys/

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 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 ohana cottage built onto the back on the ground level. It functions separately and privately from the Red Ginger and has its own entrance, bathroom and lu'au kitchen and garden area. It can usually be rented in addition if you are wishing more space,

Kauai County #9481 . The owner is available to assist with home and island questions.

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


Dawn McConnell

Member Since 2007
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Apr 15, 2018
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 Cottage in 2004

Why Dawn McConnell chose Wainiha

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 Cottage 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.


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • bedroom #2
        1 queen
      • enclosed lanai
        1 queen, 1 twin/ single
      • 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 bedroom that looks out into the jungle, with a queen bed as well. It has views of the jungle vegetation


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 2

      Location Type

        • Mountain View


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Free Long Distance
                      free long distance for USA and Canada
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      complimentary wifi
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      out door washer and dryer
                    • Parking
                      parking by home and additional parking on lower protion of property,
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      The home is on one acre of landscaped property. The lower portion of the property has a large area that is designated for parking. There is also parking uo th upper portion of the property by the home..
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      Well supplied with towels including beach towels
                    • Washing Machine
                      outdoor washer and dryer
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                          The kithen is large and open to the living room. It has a side by side fridge , oven and dishwasher, It is fully equipped with coffee maker, blender,microwave, toaster and all your cooking and dining needs
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          has ice maker
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              dining area is in the enclosed indoor lanai area that overlooks the valley
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  There is a large flat screen T.V with cable access. The cable has one movie channel ' Starz' which offers free up date movies. We also have a dvd library
                                • Television
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library


                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Bicycles
                                    • Golf
                                      many golf courses close by in Princeville
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayaks for rent in Hanalei town 3 miles away
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      large outdoor lanai area overlooking wainiha valley and mountains.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill Gas
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      snorkels and fins
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Massage


                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • marina
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • miniature golf
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • 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

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hunting
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • deepsea 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

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  31 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Beautiful jungle seclusion

                                                                  Chelsey T.

                                                                  The jungle bungalow was just what I was looking for. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.

                                                                  At times it was a bit noisy with other guests staying in the same house but in different suites. With the windows all open you could really smell other people’s cooking. We woke up to very garlic smells a few mornings.

                                                                  The master bedroom is cosy with a Hawaiian plantation house feel. It’s great to wake up to a jungle view with vibrant greens and flowers surrounding the house.

                                                                  The outdoor rain shower was really nice after long days at the beach.

                                                                  The location is perfect for spending time at the very northern parts of the island.

                                                                  If you’re coming during the rainy season, bring bug spray as the mosquitoes can be intense after it rains. Our ankles were really chewed so I also wondered if the carpets had fleas. We used a lot of afterbite.

                                                                  We had a great time. Thank you for having us. Great off the beaten path location.

                                                                  Jason N.

                                                                  We had a great time. Thank you for having us. Great off the beaten path location.

                                                                  Great location off the beaten path.

                                                                  Matthew L.

                                                                  This property is located far enough from the busy tourist areas but close enough to great hiking, snorkling, kayaking, etc.

                                                                  When we come back to Hanalei, we will certainly stay here again!

                                                                  And Jimmy the cat is a great doorman!

                                                                  Truly a jungle paradise

                                                                  erica v.

                                                                  This property is definitely off the beaten track, but well worth the drive. The views of the mountains and all the flora on the property were amazing. There's a river/stream just below the property that you can hear from inside. Nice walking trails around the house. Dawn was very accommodating - shared fresh picked oranges and also allowed for a late checkout to accomdate our flight. Although secluded, there are multiple units on this property (below red ginger and next door) so it's not quite as private as we had anticipated. Overall a lovely experience.

                                                                  Great North Shore location

                                                                  David M.

                                                                  To see Kauai's best natural treasures. So relaxing to come "home" to this quiet place tucked away at the of the road, surrounded by beauty. Fresh fish grilled back at the house and fresh fruit from the farmers market for breakfast - paradise!

                                                                  The most idyllic natural setting – an absolute gem in the hidden heart of Kauai's North Shore

                                                                  Abi S.

                                                                  We absolutely loved our stay at the Red Ginger Hale on Kauai’s North Shore. It really is one of the most spectacular settings we have come across on our travels. The property is a stunning oasis buried in the rainforest. The surrounds are endlessly green with a sleepy atmosphere and the unit itself is retreat-like with comfortable furnishings, soft day beds, an expansive dining space and large windows throughout that face the beautiful greenery and nearby mountains. We honestly could have spent all four days just enjoying the serenity of the space.

                                                                  Just a note that the road to Red Ginger is a dirt road, full of potholes. We found it to be a fun and adventurous drive, but it was a challenge in our small economy-sized rental car. A Jeep or 4WD would handle the terrain far better.

                                                                  This really is a dream location and we would return tomorrow if we could!


                                                                  Hanalei, HI, USA


                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  The cleaning fees can vary according to length of stay and number of guests There is a $35/ night extra fee for all guests >2

                                                                  31 Reviews
                                                                  Excellent 4.5/5
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