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The Historic Gingerbread House in Kahala -Available for one rental every 30 days

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

4 Queen Size Bedrooms, & additional beds, 3.5 Bath, salt water pool & jacuzzi

The 'Gingerbread House' was designed in the late 1920's by J. Alvin Shadinger and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a Tudor-French Norman cottage completed in 1931 during the times he was designing similar cottages in the Diamond Head area and was Mr. Shadinger's home for many years. The house has been a location for several movies and television series. It has recently been remodeled and is located just across the street from Kahala Beach, although this July 2016 we had our salt water pool installed and we love it as much as the ocean across the street!

The Gingerbread house is built on 3 levels with split A/C and has 4 bedrooms, all with queen size luxury pillow-top mattresses adorned with Italian bedding. Tasteful art and accessories compliment each bedroom as well as flat screen televisions with built in DVD. The downstairs bedroom has a lovely view of the backyard fountain and pool. The hardwood floors throughout the home have been refinished and the living area is appointed with modern furnishings which give a clean, understated look letting the beauty of this one-of-a-kind cottage and it's natural surroundings sparkle. The kitchen is designed with professional appliances featuring a Viking gas range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, separate ice-maker and wine cooler, and dishwasher. The dining room seats 8 and is located just a few steps above the living room and indoor bar area.

The beautifully landscaped back yard features a pool, black tiled spa, covered lanai and a separate gazebo to make this a great home away from home in Hawaii. Just minutes away from Kahala Mall, Hanauma Bay, Ala Moana Shopping Center, and fine dining. Complimentary wireless internet service.

$5,000.00 deposit is required upon acceptance of reservation with remainder paid 60 days prior to arrival, along with a refundable $3,000 security deposit.

Reservations made less than 60 days before arrival will require a shorter payment schedule, which will be detailed in your reservation agreement.

To be in compliance with local zoning laws, no more than one rental per 30 days. Please call for details. 808-781-2037

Rates subject to change at any time.

Hawaii General Excise Tax ID GE-019-756-4416-01

Hawaii Transient Accommodation Tax ID TA-019-756-4416-01

Keywords: Historic, house, beach, South Oahu

More Details

Veronica Worth
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2017

What makes this house unique

Just 20 minutes from Honolulu International Airport we are in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the State, just minutes from Kahala Mall, home to Whole Foods, Macy's and Long's Drug store and many other stores as well as Kahala Theaters and several restaurants.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family spent 5 nights at the Gingerbread House as part of our vacation (from Australia) and we did not want to leave. Our group ranged in age from 19 months to 65 years and the house was perfect for everyone. From the fantastic chef's kitchen, the beautifully landscaped gardens, the relaxing pool and lanai to the beach just across the road, we couldn't have asked for better. Not to mention the unique character of the property. We also appreciated all the small touches inside the property which helped to make our stay comfortable. Veronica and Sandy were great hosts and very accommodating to our needs. Thank you both. We would love to visit again in the future.
Apr 2013
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)


Gingerbread House, Kahala: A Mixed Experience

  • 2 of 5
Verified Stay

We had a very mixed experience during our stay at The Gingerbread House. We have family in Honolulu and are regular visitors to the islands. We have admired this house for many years and looked forward to our gathering our family there. Although it is an attractive property, very well located on Kahala Avenue across from the beach access, we found the owner very difficult and confrontational. Upon arrival, she presented us with "House Rules" that contradicted the lease. She insisted we sign a second contract of "House Rules" and followed up with some very aggressively worded emails which was a very unpleasant start to our family holiday. The house itself is of historic significance, and as such, the French Norman/Tudor architecture makes the interior quite dark. The kitchen and dining room are not open to the living space, so this house does not lend itself to informal living. I would also add that some of the bedrooms are quite noisy if the air conditioning is not running. The highlight of this property was the outdoor space- the spacious lanai, the pool, and nicely landscaped garden are lovely for relaxation and family gatherings. I would advise future visitors to review the lease and discuss the house rules in advance to avoid having to deal with the antagonistic behaviour of the owner.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so very thankful for all of the guests that have stayed with us over the past ten years, especially having received 24 Five Star reviews out of 26 of our guests that left reviews. ! I guess this just goes to prove you can't please everybody, but Sandy and I do try our best. Honestly we did try our best to accommodate these guests, even letting their son and girlfriend check in at 8am when they were scheduled at 10pm. When he would not sign our check in form saying his mother would sign it when she arrived later I began to wonder if this was a sign of some kind of problem ahead. I won't allow my staff to be verbally abused by anyone after the parents were very rude to my manager and I suggested they would be much happier somewhere else and offered them all of their money back if they would just leave. They chose to stay and did eventually sign our check in form. When they left we were absolutely astonished to find an antique lamp had been broken and they said nothing. We didn't charge them for the damage and we just racked it up as our first unhappy guests since we started renting in 2004. We encourage all our future guests to come stay with us and experience what so many other guests and repeat guests have been enjoying for years now. We look forward to 2017 and all the guests that are already booked to stay with us! We only have a few more dates available for the rest of 2017 and have booked two other guests for 2018 already! Aloha, Veronica & Sandy
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gorgeous house in a gorgeous location

  • 5 of 5
Verified Stay

This is a true gem of a house in the best neighborhood in Oahu... we have 9 people from a big family joining the vacation (including three kids) and everyone had a blast. Lots of time we just hanged around at the pool and jacuzzi since it's so relaxing, with a few very colorful birds and an occasional frog stopping by. The rooms upstairs are of good size and very comfortable, although the basement room is a bit of a squeeze. The kitchen is excellent (did i mention the wine storage area?) and has everything we need to cook (just about all the dinners) during our 8 day stay. The manager (Sandy) was super responsive when I had some questions about the grill.

Thank you Veronica for sharing your great house with us -- we look forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay with us during the Christmas holidays. The bedroom on the ground floor is not as spacious as the others and we've debated about joining the rooms. However there have been many families with small children that have liked having the privacy of the queen size bedroom with views of the courtyard but also being next door to the full size bedroom. We'd love to welcome you again. Happy New Year! Veronica & Sandy
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Absolute perfection

  • 5 of 5

A truly fabulous house and very accommodating owner and manager. We were a group of 7: 3 young children, parents and grandparents. Plenty of room for all of us. The beds were incredibly comfortable - our daughter called it her princess bed. The kitchen was well equipped and suited our needs. Wonderful pool and spa with water toys for the kids.

Can't recommend this house more highly. We'll definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled when our guests are happy so we were very pleased to receive a review like this! We have many guests that have returned every year and we hope this lovely family will come back to The Gingerbread House again!
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We didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5
Verified Stay

We rented this home for a family reunion/vacation. The house was very comfortable and the outdoor areas were perfect for relaxing with the family. The neighborhood is excellent. I would suggest visitors rent a car while staying there. We rented one and were able to drive to several beaches on the island and could make several runs to the Safeway for groceries. Also, it was good to be able to drive into Waikiki some evenings for dinner/walking around. While there is a bus stop in front of the house, the limited schedule can impact your planning. Whole Foods is about a 30 min walk from the house. The store has great food but is expensive for basics.

Would highly recommend this property to visitors. We would love to return to this house.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review Paul! Sandy and I are very happy you and your family enjoyed The Gingerbread House. I certainly can agree with your remarks on Whole Foods.. We are accustomed to higher prices here in Hawaii, but Whole Foods is significantly higher than our other grocers like Safeway and local stores Times Supermarket and Foodland. We hope to hear from you again to plan another stay with us!
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Perfect Kahala Historic Home for Family Stay!

  • 5 of 5
Verified Stay

Our extended family of 10 stayed in this beautifully kept historic home in Kahala, Oahu. Close to all amenities, beach, and town, we felt that it was the perfect location to stay in during our vacation. The owner, Veronica, and property manager, Sandy, welcomed us in grand style with fresh flowers and Hawaiian treats. Sandy was quickly responsive to our inquiries during our stay. Truly a lovely place to create wonderful family vacation memories.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased our guests were happy staying at The Gingerbread House. We try to make sure the house is warm and inviting with attention to detail. We hope this lovely family becomes another returning guest!
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The Gingerbread House was the perfect house for our family.

  • 5 of 5
Verified Stay

My husband and I had kept our family vacation rental a secret. When we arrived at the Gingerbread House, our children and grandchildren were amazed. As we walked in, we were speechless. This was the perfect house for us. Each family had their own space and the common areas gave us a place to come together. Enjoying morning coffee on the patio, watching the many birds, and the view of the mist over the mountains....what a way to start the day! With the beach just a short walk away and the pool and hot tub at the house, we were not without choices. The location was only a short distance from shopping and sightseeing. Sandy was so helpful and available if needed. I could go on and on. In short...this was the perfect house for our family's memories of a lifetime. Thank you Veronica, Sandy, and the Gingerbread House.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are so very kind and we really enjoyed having you stay at The Gingerbread House. I do hope we will hear from you again for another visit with us!
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Rates & Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter / Spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017/2018
Dec 16 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $3,000
Cleaning Fee (required) $450 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.96%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. For stays of 6 months or more the tax is reduced to 4.726%.
An event fee will be added to the contract when applicable, i.e., an event involving guests other than who are registered to stay in the house. Please read our cancellation policy as listed in our contract. VRBO lists that guests may receive a full refund if the reservation is cancelled 60 days or more prior to the scheduled arrival and that is NOT our policy.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund if canceled at least 0 days before arrival date.
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Waialae - Kahala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2079 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • Bathroom with glass enclosed shower, bathroom with marble tile shower, bathroom with tub and overhead shower, half bath guest bathroom with toilet & lavatory
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Queen size Beds (4), Double Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Located on Kahala Avenue, with access to Kahala Beach right across the street, the historic 'Gingerbread House' is a beautiful carefully maintained French Norman Tudor cottage by J Alvin Shadinger, built in the late 1920's. On the National Register of Historic Places since 1985. The Kahala Hotel & Resort, Waialae Country Club are less than a mile away. Shopping at the Kahala Mall is about two miles away with local stores, Longs Drug store, Macy's, California Pizza Kitchen, Chile's, Jamba Juice, theaters, Radio Shack, Whole Foods..

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