Hostels in HawaiiHostels in Hawaii

You are looking for hostels in Hawaii? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostelz.com helps you to find your Hawaii hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com. So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Hawaii.

All Cities in Hawaii

We list every single hostel in Hawaii and the world. In total, we have 5 cities in Hawaii for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Hawaii hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Hawaii. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Hawaii

Hawaii is a unique part of the United States of America. As the newest state, and the only state not located on the North American continent, Hawaii is a fusion of its current American nation and its own island culture.

Hawaii is a chain of islands with no connecting bridges, so you need to take a boat or plane to get from one to another. This is just one of the reasons that make Hawaii especially expensive. You can still save money by staying in hostels, which are available on several of the most popular islands. Also decide if you'd like to visit multiple islands, or thoroughly enjoy just one.

The Big Island, also known as the Island of Hawai'i, is home to many natural reserves. One of the most interesting is Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can walk near active volcanoes. Hilo is a good city to find a hostel on this island, but hostels can also be found throughout the Big Island.

Maui is typically thought of as a honeymoon destination, but solo and group backpackers will enjoy many aspects of it as well. Here you can find Punaluu Beach, with a stunning shore made up of black sand. Nature enthusiasts should head to Haleakala National Park or West Maui. You can select from several hostels in the northwestern part of Maui.

Oahu is a diverse island. As the most densely populated island, you may recognize some of the names of prime hangout places, such as the North Shore. From here you can visit Pearl Harbor, a naval area with a floating memorial dedicated to the bombing during World War II. Hawaii's capital city is here in Honolulu, which is a good place to find hostels, although there are a few in other parts of the Oahu island.

Kauai is a smaller island, but still a well-loved destination. Hostels are more limited in Kauai, but look for a few near the eastern shore.

No matter where you decide to get a hostel in Hawaii, you must take advantage of the unique Hawaiian offerings. You can attend a luau, where you'll enjoy traditional cuisine such as pineapple, kalua pork, and poi. And of course, don't forget to "hang loose" by swimming, surfing, or sailing on the many beaches!

expert for Hawaii hostels

Handwritten by local expert for Hawaii hostels Jessica Lippe

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Travel Tips for Hawaii - from the Community

Oh man, so far no one from the community has left a comment or travel tips for Hawaii. How about you kick start the discussion here? Gather your best backpacking recommendations for Hawaii and jot them down below. The community thanks you.

Oahu is a beautiful Island. Many beautiful places to stay. But I stress that you should venture out of Waikiki. Haleiwa and the North Shore are the places to be. Such a wonderful part of the Island even if you are not a surfer. Book accommodation early though on the North Shore if you intend to go December through to …

Kauai is packed with adventures and it's easy to fall in love with the scenery. It's a small island without much in the way of nightlife or shopping, so I recommend coming here for farm work or camping. I worked on a small farm in Kilauea it was beautiful but don't expect the bus to get you unless you are in a very …

A rental is a must to get around. If you're looking for adventure, try a 4x4. Some of the best beaches are only accessible by 4x4 or a very long hike. The Big Island is home to the nicest and happiest bunch of people I have ever encountered, and how could they not be -- the air they breathe smells of sea and sweet …

Hey. I had a great experience doing "work trade" on Maui. I found it very fair and a great way to stay on the island longer and inexpensively. I would reccomend it to any traveler planning on staying on the island for a month or more. Maui like anywhere has its problems. But never in the 5 months that I was there did …

FAQ on Hostels in Hawaii

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as Hostelworld.com, Hostelsclub.com and Booking.com. While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where Hostelz.com comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, Hostelz.com is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Hawaii?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Hawaii here on Hostelz.com. Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.

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Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Hawaii safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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