There are a few hostels on the islands and the very best on Maui is a hostel called Banana Bungalow Wailuku, which everyone seems to have heard about (so book in advance). They offer more stuff than any hostel I've ever stayed in anywhere in the world: free trips to great destinations all over the island every day (I did a 12-mile hike around the big volcano, a trip to some beautiful beaches to snorkel with giant turtles, a whale-watching boat trip and a couple of days worth of other stuff) and all they ask is that you tip your tour guides who work at the hostel.
Waikiki Beachside is the largest hostel in Hawaii. It is a one minute walk to Waikiki beach, and because it has room for nearly 200 people, it is easy to meet other travellers to have adventures with.
2556 Lemon Road, Honolulu HI 96815;
tel: 808 923 9566;
The only hostel that remains open on the North Shore of Hawaii is called Backpackers. It’s in a great location (you can walk to famous surfer beaches like Sunset, Pipeline, etc.), and they offer four different types of accommodation, all a stone’s throw away from the beach.
Hawaii Hostels Guide, is a website for people travelling to Hawaii on a budget. The main focus of the site is hostels, but they also have info about tours, bars, restaurants, activities and transportation. Each place they list has a photo and description and reviews posted by visitors. you can also add a new place to the site if it is not already listed. I also like this site because unlike most travel sites it is non-commercial, they dont have any affilite links or paid ads, just straight forward information and direct links to the places they list.
The most expensive Waikiki hostel, and also the largest. They have the most stuff for their guests (from surfboards to snorkelgear) and the most rooms (beds) of any hostel in Hawaii. The staff are great and it would be hard to not have a good time unless you really dislike good looking people, sunshine and beer.
Direct online bookings (to avoid paying booking companies) are available through www.waikikibeachsidehostel.com
Probably the best located and most fun of the hostels in Waikiki and is also one of the cheapest. They have hammocks, keg parties, and free internet (or you can use the internet cafe two doors down).
I have had the strange honour of living in every hostel in Hawaii. I worked at some in trade for my room and I was able to island hop as much as I wanted to.
There are four hostels within a block or two of Waikiki beach in Honolulu. The most expensive one is only $27 a night.
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