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Pakala Plantation Estate

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 11).

This magnificent, island-style estate truly exceeds all expectations. A perfect place for family reunions. Located on secluded Pakala Beach on Kauai's west side, this totally serene property borders an orchard and is heavily sprinkled with mature shade trees and a variety of palms.

A long driveway leads guests through a breathtaking panorama to a welcoming portico. The large, southern-style veranda looks out across an expansive landscape and a low, Hawaiian lava rock wall to the Pacific Ocean. This is the perfect vantage point to enjoy spectacular island sunsets.

Step through French doors to a living room lavishly decorated with antique furniture and Persian carpets. The separate dining room is a luxurious amenity perfect for big families. A large, eat-in kitchen opens onto a deck overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens. All bedrooms, are extremely spacious and comfortably furnished. Some are actually suites and several open onto the veranda and the extraordinary vista beyond. Befitting royalty, this impressive home invites families and friends to spend time together yet has acres of space for quiet interludes. A short drive in either direction leads to area markets and restaurants offering a tempting variety of cuisine.

Activities nearby include swimming, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, shopping, boat tours and helicopter tours. World class surfing right in front at Infinity's (aka Pakala's).

One of the best features of our property is out caretaker who lives in a cottage to the rear of the property outside the rock walls. This way you won't travel thousands of miles from home to be left to fend for yourselves in an unfamiliar property. While they are far enough away to ensure your privacy, they are close should anything arise.

The house technically has 4 bdrms, however, what used to be a dressing room off of the master bdrm has it's own double bed and bathroom.

Additional photo's including interior available upon request or at the owner's website below. If you wish to call, please send an inquiry and we will provide you with our phone number.

We no longer host events at Pakala. Weddings and parties are limited to only those people staying at the house. Outside guests are limited. Please inquire with your specific circumstances.


We are licensed and legal. Kauai County Permit No. TVNC-1268

T.A.T. No. TA-041-458-4832-01

Kauai Agents: Kauai Vacation Rentals And Real Estate

Phone: +1 808-245-8841

Keywords: Plantation, estate, Pakala, Makaweli, beachfront, beach, Kauai, Waimea Canyon, Russian Fort, Fort Elizabeth, Infinities, Infinity's, Infinity, surfing, villa, vacation rental, Robinson, Sinclair, Ni'ihau, sunsets, walks on beach, driftwood.

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Philip Keat
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2017

About Philip Keat

We live in Honolulu and have made our family home on Kauai available for vacation rental.

Philip Keat purchased this house in 1865

Why Philip Keat chose Hawaii

Our home was built in 1912 by Sinclair Robinson, Manager of the Gay & Robinson sugar plantation and patriarch of the Robinson family of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau.

What makes this house unique

Tired of crowded beaches? Our huge yard that runs all the way down to secluded Pakala beach. Perfect for kids. One virtually lives on the front veranda watching the surfers directly out front and the mountains to the side. Great for conversations and naps! The sun sets right out front silhouetting Niihau, Lehua and Kekaha. Our home sits in the middle of the Robinson family lands, cattle ranch and plantation. The beach is fairly isolated. One can walk two miles northwest along the beach to ruins of the Russian Fort Elizabeth and the Waimea River. Crossing a couple shallow streams and climbing over some shoreline rock is involved. An ancient Hawaiian fish pond is a stone's throw down the beach. Collect abundant drift wood or watch a local fisherman casting his net off the reef.

One of the best features of our home is our caretaker, Mr. Apo. He tends to the yard and light maintenance and is also a wealth of information about Kauai. He and his wife live in a cottage to the rear of the property outside the rocks walls. This makes him far enough away to insure your privacy, but close should anything arise. Our home has two power sources: the public utility and our own hydroelectric plant up in the mountains. Should one go down, Mr. Apo can switch the house to the other source. This way you won't find yourselves thousands of miles away from home in an unfamiliar place and left to your own devices. Besides our caretaker, we also have the fine folks at Kauai Vacation Rentals who are only a 24/7 phone call away.


Waimea Canyon State Park
"Also known as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific"."
Polihale State Park
"The largest beach in Hawaii. "
Menehune Ditch - Swinging Bridge
"See the ancient water ditch which legend says was built by the Menehune, the mythical little..."
Russian Fort Elisabeth
"Fort Elizabeth was constructed in 1817 on the east bank of the Waimea River overlooking Waim..."
Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kukuiolono Park & Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Kaumuali'i Hwy.
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Wrangler Steakhouse
Nearest Beach
Pakala Beach
Car: necessary

Property is situated on Kauai's sunny west side directly fronting the world famous Pakala surf break (aka Infinity).

The foot of the Waimea Canyon aka 'The Grand Canyon of the Pacific' is a 2-mile drive away.


Kaumakani House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
  • Each bedroom has its own bathroom with shower & tub.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Other (See Description) - Formerly a dressing room off the master bdrm w/double bed.
  • King size beds (3), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (3). Two queen-size aerobeds are available upon request.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
We have a HP 4500 All-In-One Tax/Printer/Scanner set up in the office. It is wireless for interfacing with iPads & iPhones. One of the best features of our family home is our longtime caretaker, Mr. Apo. He and his wife live in a cottage to the rear of the property outside the rock walls; far enough away to ensure your privacy, yet close should anything arise. That way you won't travel thousands of miles to an unfamiliar place and left to fend for yourselves.


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Pakala Plantation Estate
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Best Thanksgiving Ever

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to write this review--I guess I just wanted to hold the special memories of our time at Pakala Plantation Estate close for a bit longer. Our group of ten from Alabama, Maryland, New York, and Germany all agree that this trip to Kauai was so wonderful that it will be hard to find a better place to vacation ever again.

I am originally from Oahu, but we chose Kauai as the place to celebrate our family Hawaii Thanksgiving trip mostly because of the opportunity to stay in this beautiful house at this stunning location. As a local girl, I learned about the Robinson family in school, so being able to spend time in a place owned by members a family with incredible Hawaiian history was something I could not pass up.

The property itself is perfect. A lovingly tended homestead that captures the grace of Old Hawaii--acres of gardens surrounded by a lava rock wall that has been there for generations, oceanfront with Niihau in the distance-too spectacular for words. For some, the property might appear to be too far away from "the action," but it's not--it is perfect for day trips, then returning "home" to quiet seclusion-- if you can drag yourself off the front porch.

We were amazed by the size of the house--five large bedrooms with their own baths (plus a bonus bedroom connected to the master suite), a large, fully stocked kitchen, butlers pantry, two utility rooms, outside half-bath, living, dining, and TV rooms. There was never a problem finding a quiet spot to read or nap. I was little concerned about having to cook thanksgiving dinner in a rental house kitchen, but it was no problem at all. In fact, I think the kitchen was better equipped than my own--two refrigerators, two ovens, tons of prep space with a separate place for clean-up, plus a kitchen table that seats six. For mealtimes, the huge extension table in the dining room comfortably seated all ten of us (plus guests a few times), complete with china and cut glassware.

I could go on and on and on. Pakala felt like the Hawaii of my youth. Tom and I are so grateful for the opportunity to spend time creating memories with our family at such a wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui for such a nice review Tom & Julie. We are so delighted when our guests appreciate as do we the magic of our family home at Pakala. Looking forward to your return! With much aloha, Philip & Dawn Keat
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  • 5 of 5

A step into Hawaii's elegant plantation era. We never left the front porch with its gorgeous views of the ocean, the sunsets and the mountains.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

College roommate reunion

  • 5 of 5

The perfect place for 3 college buddies to reunite with their families. Spacious, secluded, quiet, in a stunning spot on the beach, this is a prime example of a plantation estate. The owners went our of their way to make sure our time there was special, and it was. All of us, children and grandchildren included, had a spectacular week from the early morning coffee on the porch inhaling the tropical fragrance and watching the surfers, to swimming and walking on the beach, to spectacular sunsets in the evening followed by magical views of the milky way. Tucked in at night we drifted off to sleep at night listening to the waves in the distance after a perfect day. If you are looking for unpretentious elegance and beauty this is the place to make lasting memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sharing Pakala with you all was what it's about! Thank you so much for your comments and for visiting us at our family home. You made it even more magical.
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A week in old Hawaii.

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful place to experience the true feel of old Hawaii. The location was wonderful and private and the house was spacious for our family of 11. True paradise. We will definitely be back to this lovely home!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for you kind words. We look forward to your return. Aloha!
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Salem, Oregon

A Spectacular Stay at this Impressive and Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a bit more than a week at Pakala this spring and were completely charmed by the experience. It is sort of an "experience" property - it is not just a place to stay, it is a destination unto itself.

First there is the amazing location - eight acres on your own beach is virtually unheard of. We had young children with us and the beauty of just walking down the lawn to the beach was wonderful. The house itself was built in 1915 and still feels very much like it probably did then. Don't look for luxury bathrooms or kitchen - these are the way they were when the house was built with some limited updates. Having said that it is impressive to have en-suite baths in all of the bedrooms. The house was built with an enormous servant's kitchen and butler's pantry and it looks about like it did 50 years ago with a modernish referigerator (2) and range/oven. But part of the charm here is feeling the house the way a huge landowner (the Robinson Family) did fifty years ago. There is no AC but there are wonderful jalousie windows and great windows in the bedrooms. We basically cooked in, and lived on the veranda. The veranda is incredible and you can spend all day looking at the ocean and the spectacular sunset. So bottom line.... I love the Four Seasons as much as anyone. Don't expect this to be that type of luxury - expect the type of luxury you would have found in a plantation home 50 years ago. For me, that was magical.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Tim! Looking forward to your return. We so enjoy it when others can share in the Pakala experience. Love Shari & Casey's song about our front porch.
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Renton, WA

A perfect Christmas "home"

  • 5 of 5

To describe this rental vacation home properly is very difficult. It is the best. We had 3 very senior adults, 6 other adults, and 3 pre-teens. There was plenty of room, beds, bathrooms and privacy for all. We loved the pantry (part of the kitchen). It is actually an area for preparation of food that is great for several folks preparing lunches and other meals for the crowd. Pakala is listed as inaccessible by wheelchair -but if you can manage 4-5 steps, it is perfect for the less mobile folks (walker) - all on one floor and an ADA bathroom. An extra cot size bed is in one of the bedrooms but not mentioned in the description of the property.It is ideal for a pre-teen.I cannot add much more about the beauty and accommodations of the home than what has already been written. The chickens are a part of the Kauai Spirit. Bonnie

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your kind words, Mrs. Harding! We look forward to your return to Pakala.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450
Additional Guest Fee $14 per person per night

Rates shown are for 6 guests; additional guests are $100/week each.

Prime time Bookings: There is a 7-14 night minimum stay between December 15 and January 6. Please inquire about special rates and deposit requirements.

Weddings: We limit the number of guests to only those guests staying on property (11 maximum). No outside guests permitted.

Please inquire about our cancellation fees.

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

An initial deposit and reservation fee are required to confirm your reservation within ten days of booking. Your refund will be returned to you approximately 2-4 weeks after your departure. Charges for damage that is more than normal wear and tear will be deducted.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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