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Pakala Plantation Estate

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


About the property

4+ Bedrooms, 5 Full Bathrooms, I Half Bathroom & Office. Sleeps 12

This magnificent, 8-acre island-style estate truly exceeds all expectations. Located directly on secluded Pakala Beach on Kauai's west side, this serene property contains 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 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 oriental 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.

Permit No. TVNC-1268

Kauai Agents: Kauai Vacation Rentals and Real Estate

Phone: +1 808-245-8841

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 restaurants offering a tempting variety of cuisine.

Activities nearby include seasonal swimming, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, shopping, boat tours and helicopter tours. World class surfing at Infinity's aka Pakala's.

Additional photo's including interior available upon request.

Technically the house has 4 bdrms, however, what was once a 'dressing room' off of the master bdrm has its own double bed and full bath. Egress is through the master bdrm. Hence the '4+' bedrooms.

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.

More Details

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

Why The Owner chose Hawaii

Pakala House is the beach front home built by our grandparents, Sinclair & Ethel Robinson, in 1912 at Pakala, Makaweli, Kauai, Hawaii. The home is available year round for vacation rental. It's perfect for families and small groups up to 11 adults.

'Sinclair Robinson, former manager of Kauai’s Gay & Robinson Sugar Plantation from 1912 until 1964 -- 52 years -- oversaw the Hawaii sugar plantation longer than anyone in the history of Hawaii’s sugar industry.

He passed away in 1964; Ethel in 1966.

When asked at age 76, in 1962, whether he ever planned to retire, he said simply, 'Gay & Robinson has no forced retirement program.'

Robinson was born at Makaweli in 1886, educated at Harvard and worked as a field luna at O‘ahu Sugar Co. and as assistant manager at Gay & Robinson before assuming the post of manager.

He said that in the old days at Gay & Robinson, sugar was bagged and put onto inter-island steamers anchored off the old Makaweli landing. Later, a railroad connected Makaweli to Port Allen and bagged sugar was transported there, where it was placed aboard freighters for shipment to San Francisco. In contrast, the company’s bulk sugar is transported by truck to Nawiliwili and loaded aboard a freighter.'

'In days gone by, he has said much work was done on contract or piecework basis, which increased wages above the basic pay by about $1 per day.

Field workers worked 10-hour days, six days a week, and most walked to their jobs from their homes in nearby camps scattered about the plantation.

'The plantation day of early periods started with the mill whistles blowing at 4:30 a.m. Workers were on their way shortly after 5:30 a.m. A break for breakfast and lunch was taken and the work day ended at 4:30 p.m. Horses were the means of transportation for lunas, field superintendents and managers,' Robinson said.'

by Hank Soboleski

The Garden Island

Copyright © 2007, Lee Enterprises, Inc.

What makes this estate unique

Beachfront, huge grounds, private, faces west into the sunset, large verandas for conversation and afternoon naps.

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 Pakala. He lives 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 ladies at Kauai Vacation Rentals who are only a phone call away.


Kaumakani Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master Bdrm - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Dressing Room - toilet , tub
    First Bdrm - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Middle Bdrm - toilet , combination tub/shower
    End Bdrm - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Kitchen Bathroom - toilet
  • Dressing room toilet & shower has ADA bar.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Master Bdrm - 1 king , 1 child bed , Ceiling fan
    Dressing Room - 1 double
    Middle Bdrm - 2 twin/ single
    End Bdrm - 1 king
    Master Anteroom - 1 twin/ single
    First Bdrm - 1 king
  • Each bedroom has its own full bathroom. All but one bedroom have a door to the outside.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Our caretaker lives in a cottage to the rear of the property outside the perimeter wall; far enough away for privacy but close enough to provide assistance should it be necessary.


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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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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Kukuiolono Park & Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Wrangler Steakhouse
Nearest Beach
Pakala Beach
Car: necessary

Pakala House is located directly on what is known as Pakala Beach and the world-famous Infinity (or Pakala's) surf break. The surf break is recognized as the longest 'left' in Hawaii. The property is the 8-acre estate of Sinclair Robinson former manager and partner of Kauai's last sugar plantation, Gay & Robinson. While sugar is no longer grown by the family, cattle ranching operations continue and several thousand acres are leased to corn growers. The estate is surrounded by 51,000 acres of the Robinson family lands including historic plantation villages such as Pakala Village (aka Pakala Camp) next door. Sinclair Robinson managed the plantation from 1912 until his passing in 1966. Pakala House, now owned by two of his grandchildren, was built for him in 1912 when he assumed the position of Plantation Manager.

Permit No. TVNC-1268

Other Activities: Helicopter tours, boat tours, whale tours (seasonal), Waimea Canyon, Kokee State Park (forest reserve).

Golf: Kukuiolono Golf Course


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $450

$830/nt - $4980/wk US Dollars
$4980/wk for a party of 6 plus $100/wk for each additional guest plus tax (13.416%), refundable security deposit $1500, reservation fee $35 and $450 out cleaning;
Event rates may apply and are available on request;
There is a 7-night minimum stay;
Holiday Prime Time rates apply;
Rates subject to change until booking.

Weddings and parties: We limit the number of guests to only those guests staying on property (maximum 11).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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