The 50th state, Hawaii is a highly unique location in the central Pacific Ocean. Part of Polynesia, the Aloha State is made up of hundreds of islands spread out across 1,500 miles, with the vast majority of the state's residents living on one of the main islands like the 'Big Island', Maui, Kaua'i, or O'ahu. Hawaii is one of the smallest states but is very densely populated and highly popular with tourists for its outstandingly beautiful scenery, friendly natives, delicious cuisine, gorgeous beaches, amazing recreation opportunities, and unique culture.
Despite being a proud member of the United States of America, Hawaii has customs and cultural traditions that are all its own, effectively making it a very special place for Americans and people of other nationalities to visit, and the state relies heavily on tourism as a big part of its economy. Millions of people visit Hawaii each year, but many people fear that a trip to Hawaii is too expensive.
The truth, however, is that you can save a lot of cash on your trip to Hawaii and it is possible to visit the Aloha State in an affordable way by choosing the right options, especially in terms of accommodation. Hawaii is home to a lot of great hostels. Located in key areas all around the Hawaiian islands, these hostels offer affordable rooms and great facilities to help you meet other travelers, cut down your costs, make the most of your stay, and have a truly magical and memorable Hawaiian vacation on a budget. Read on to learn about just a few of the very best hostels in Hawaii.
- My Hawaii Hostel - 76-6241 Ali'i Drive #5, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, Phone: 808-374-2131
Located in the Kailua Kona area on the western coast of the Big Island My Hawaii Hostel is by far one of the best-rated hostels in the Aloha State and has been hugely popular with many travelers in the past. It's in a great location, perfect for people wishing to explore areas like Kaloko Honokohau National Historic Park, the Hulihe'e Palace, the Hualalai volcano, and the historic Kamakahonu National Historic Landmark. There's a lot to do in the local area, but after a busy day, you'll be happy to head back to this comfortable, cozy hostel. It features really nicely laid-out dorms that are suitable for families and come complete with cozy bed linen, comfortable beds, storage lockers, and more. You'll also find a large communal kitchen with big refrigerators, freezers, coffee making facilities, ovens, and more.
- Aloha Surf Hostel - 221 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779, Phone: 808-868-0117
A lot of people head down to Hawaii to do some surfing, and if that's what you're planning on doing in the Aloha State, you're going to love the Aloha Surf Hostel. Situated on the northern coast of Maui, right by Kahului and some awesome beaches, this hostel is the perfect place for surfers to come together and hang out before hitting the waves. Even the entry-way is lined with colorful surfboards, and the various rooms are decorated with nautical colors and items, to add to the overall theme of the hostel. You can book both dorms and private rooms at really great prices at this hostel, which also features a hot tub, a foosball table, a pool table, picnic tables, BBQ grills, free breakfasts, and more.
- The Beach Waikiki Boutique Hostel - 2569 Cartwright Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, Phone: 808-922-9190
Situated in one of the most hip and happening spots in all of Hawaii, right in the heart of Honolulu on O'ahu Island, the Beach Waikiki Boutique Hostel offers a luxurious, comfortable hostel experience for all guests. You'll be warmly welcomed into the charming boutique building of this hostel, which is merely two minutes away from Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu Zoo, the Sans Souci State Recreational Park, and more. It's only a short trip from Diamond Head State Monument too, so you can really explore the whole of Honolulu from this awesome location. The hostel itself features dorms, private rooms, high-speed internet access, and more. Not only that, but lots of special events and activities are organized here on a regular basis, so you’ve always got something fun and exciting to look forward to.
- Kauai Beach House Hostel - 4-1552 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746, Phone: 808-652-8162
The vast majority of visitors to Hawaii tend to congregate around key areas like Kahului and Honolulu, spending a lot of their time on the Big Island or over on O'ahu, but if you're looking to head off the beaten track and really experience some of the prettiest natural areas and most amazing outdoor recreation spots in the Aloha State, you can't miss out on a trip to Kauai. Fortunately, even this island, which is well-known as a Hollywood movie filming location due to its astonishing scenery and coastline, is home to some excellent hostels, with the Kauai Beach House Hostel being a prime example. Just off the scenic Kuhio Highway, this hostel is only a short journey away from key locations like Sleeping Giant Trail Head and the Opaeka'a Falls, as well as the city of Wailua. You'll find a free communal swimming pool just down the road from this hostel, which offers ocean view rooms and dorms, a communal kitchen, and several amazing terrace areas.