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Log Cabin Vacation Rental


Aloha & welcome!

Hale Kōlea Cabin (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) is a Hawai'i-themed log cabin legally-operated vacation rental with sauna in the rural neighborhood of east Talkeenta, Alaska.

Hale Kōlea Cabin is 120 miles north & a 2.5 hour drive from Anchorage and just a 15-minute walk to the historic downtown district.

Hale Kōlea Cabin or "Kōlea House" is an #OpenToAll establishment and named after the kōlea bird or Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) that migrates nearly 3,000 miles twice a year between Hawai'i & Alaska.

Hale Kōlea Cabin is a smoke-free, no-host and no-pets custom log cabin that measures 616 sq/ft and designed with a welcoming studio layout (no bedrooms).

Hale Kōlea Cabin is ideal for two persons with an available queen bed, full kitchen, laundry room and a luxurious bathroom suite with an adjoining custom Finnish dry sauna. More about us... 

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Talkeetna, Alaska was established as a mining town and trading post in 1896, a riverboat steamer station in 1910 and chosen in 1915 as the site for the Alaska Engineering Commission, who would build the Alaska Railroad.

Talkeetna is 154 miles south of Denali National Park and home base to world-class salmon fishing, rafting, mountain climbing and flight-seeing to nearby Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America at

20,310 feet. More about Talkeetna...


Amenities include:

  • Wi-Fi (Dual Band)

  • Samsung 4K UHD Smart TV

  • YouTube TV

  • Netflix

  • Samsung Blu-Ray/DVD

  • Bose bluetooth soundbar

  • Fully equipped kitchen

  • HE Washer/Dryer

  • ZeroWater filtration 

  • 550 thread count linens

  • Biodegradable toiletries

  • Gourmet Hawaiian coffee

  • Finnish dry sauna

Rates & Reservations



$155/weekly night rate

(2 night min)




*Promotional rates may be available at "Book Your Stay"


$175/weekly night rate

(2 night min)



(June thru Aug)

*Promotional rates may be available at "Book Your Stay"


$155/weekly night rate

(2 night min)




*Promotional rates may be available at "Book Your Stay"



(Oct thru April)

*Promotional rates may be available at "Book Your Stay"


$130/weekly night rate

(2 night min)



“When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wander around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. I have a huge attraction to places. Already when I look at a map, the names of mountains, villages, rivers, lakes or landscape formations excite me, as long as I don’t know them and have never been there … I seem to have sharpened my sense of place for things that are out of place. Everybody turns right, because that’s where it’s interesting, I turn left where there is nothing! And sure enough, I soon stand in front of my sort of place. I don’t know, it must be some sort of inbuilt radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.”

-Wim Wenders (film director)



"The owners have done a marvelous job of building and maintaining a quality rental cabin and this one is head and shoulders above most that you will find in Alaska" {Stewart C.}





Wilderness Woman &

Bachelor Auction & Ball


December Winterfest

Come and join one of Talkeetna's premier events following the Winterfest's "Wilderness Woman" competition. Organized by the Talkeetna Bachelor Society, "The Bachelor Auction & Ball" annual fundraiser showcases Talkeetna's quirky spirit for a great cause.

More About Us & Talkeetna




Hale Kōlea (Ha-lay Co-lay-ah) Cabin is a labor of love project by owner, Richard Cheney (no, not that guy!) and his husband, Kalani Chong. Richard, a graduate of University of Michigan, grew up in Williamston, Michigan & has been a Hawai'i resident (kama'aina) for over 35 years. Richard is a 12-time Honolulu Marathon & 3-time Iron Man finisher. Kalani is a Native Hawaiian whose lineage can be traced back to Hawaii's Princess Ka'iulani. Kalani enjoys traveling to UNESCO World Heritage Sites & collecting vinyl records as art. Both currently live in Hilo, Hawai'i and work in the health care industry. 

Richard & Kalani unknowingly fell in love with Talkeetna while on a March 2012 winter vacation that began with Anchorage, then Fairbanks and eventually ended with a picturesque Aurora train ride to the charming town of Talkeetna. One night's stay in Trapper John's Cabin is all it took to launch research of available real estate that quickly led to groundbreaking four months later on July 3, 2012

For several years, a kōlea bird appeared every August at Richard & Kalani's past residence in Honolulu. Every day, this kōlea bird (they named Makani or "wind" in Hawaiian) could be seen grazing the grassy parts of their property for an insatiable appetite of insects, all while enjoying the warm Hawaiian sun. Every April, their bird Makani would vanish and heed its migratory call to flock north to Alaska. This miracle instinct fittingly inspired the cabin's name, Hale Kōlea (Hawaiian for "Kōlea House").

We sincerely appreciate your interest in making Hale Kōlea Cabin a part of your next Alaska adventure! 


The Talkeetna and Chulitna Rivers join the Susitna River at Talkeetna, an Athabaskan word meaning "river of plenty" (K'Dalkitnu). Originally a Tanaina Indian village before Europeans arrived.

Popular festivals include The Oosik Classic Ski Race & Tour in March; the "Moose on the Loose" Parade and auction on the 4th of July; and Winterfest during the entire month of December, which includes The Wilderness Woman contest and the Bachelor Auction & Ball.

Talkeetna was the inspiration to the hit 90's series, "Northern Exposure" and is a 2.5 hour drive from Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska.

The core downtown area is classified as a National Historic Site with buildings dating from the early 1900's including Nagley's General Store, Fairview Inn and the Talkeetna Roadhouse.

For twenty years, the honorary mayor of Talkeetna was a cat named Stubbs. His successor is a cat named Denali.

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