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59-788 kam hwy., Haleiwa, Oahu, Haleiwa, USA

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54 Total Reviews
  • 70%Value For Money
  • 80%Security
  • 90%Location
  • 65%Staff
  • 85%Atmosphere
  • 50%Cleanliness
  • 70%Facilities

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This is the dirtiest hostel I have ever stayed at. Floors are filthy. When asked if they mop they said only when it's dirty and when told it was dirty a mop was brought but no bucket or water. Bathroom is full of mold and the crack in the floor of shower feels like you are going to fall through. I realize that it is a surfers spot but work could be put into it. Unsatisfactory for sure!!

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The accommodation huts need a thorough clean. There were not enough drinking mugs, glasses. No washing up liquid. Basically the huts were squalid. Bare cables sticking out of non working light fittings. The toilets need a scrub with a toilet brush and disinfectant. A potentially nice hostel spoilt by being unkempt. Come on guys its not rocket science! On the plus side the shower worked well, the beds were comfortable and the fridge freezer was big and worked properly.


The location was fantastic! Right on the beach and within walking distance to see sea turtles. However, a rental car was much needed. The vibe of this hostel was very low key, relaxing, definitely not one for socializing and doing exciting excursions as a group (which is what we were looking for). The cleanliness was quite poor with a very dirty bathroom and uneven floor surfaces.

  • 22nd Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


You really need a car if you stay here, unless you are happy to just hang around the beach and supermarket. Main guy behind counter was uninterested in being polite let alone friendly or helpful. Stayed in the main house which was pretty much empty so very boring - make sure to request somewhere else.


Nice setup here. Bring lots of bug repellant though!


Fantastic atmosphere here!! Had a great time here, am actually staying another week. Can only recommend it! Best location on the north shore


This hostel is not dirty, however it is an older facility. There is a lot of nice extras like bike and swim gear. The kitchen inside my dorm was rundown but you could heat a can of soup. The grounds are kept nice and there are no people living in "the back". North Shor on 30/night!!!! Shame that upgrades are not made to this hostel. Respect the ocean Be careful out there!


Hi, the hostel is good for the price you pay. It has an excellent location at the North Shore of Oahu. A very nice beach with good snorkeling lies in front of you and there are also good swimming possibilities when surf isn't too high. The rocky beach isn't good for surfing, but Pipeline is close, although as beginners we could only watch the pro's. Premises are set up in a nice plantation village but badly maintained even for a hostel. Bunk beds are not always stable but mattresses are clean.


This hostel sucks, very tumbledown and dirty facility, never back to there again!


This hostel is bad. There are creepy people living in the shacks. They are not even bag packers but rather locals who can't afford to stay anywhere else. The staff are unreliable and unreasonable. The location is good but the buildings are dirty and there is chicken poop everywhere. Shuttle service is unreliable.

  • 1st Sep 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


It was dirty (our room, the kitchen and the bathroom).


Very nice, clean and perfect location for a couple of nights at the North Shore. Perfect for easy beach access just over the road and just a short walk away from the next supermarket. I really loved the athmosphere with the people there, also there's a TV and free WiFi in the plantation village, so it's been a great experience as a whole.

  • 16th Jun 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Switzerland
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Amazing place...amazing people!!


I really loved staying here - wished we had booked a few nights longer. We were in the Brown House and pretty much had a floor to ourselves (bathroom, lounge, kitchen), it was great! Cheap bike rental was an easy way to explore the beaches along this stretch of coast. There is also a Starbucks, supermarket and a few other small food shacks nearby.


The stove and the key did not work at al!

  • 18th Mar 2012
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • All Female Group, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Very dirty kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom in the private suite. For example, door handles and light switches were sticky and disgusting. Had to try 10 times to open the door as the lock was broken. Wifi only available in common area.


This place rocks if you want just a chill place to meet lots of surfers and travelers from all the world. The staff cleaned the rooms and common areas everyday but they quickly got messed up by us ;-( I will come back to this hostel. Craig was responsive and very helpfull

  • 4th Nov 2011
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Colombia
  • Male, 31-40
  • (1 review)


It is a Perfect Place to go swimming, snorkling, Surfing or just relaxing. Staff is always around to help or have fun with guests. Would definitely recommend to stay there.


The place was fantastic. I loved the look of the place and the items included. Cool people, cool vibe. My only suggestion is investing in more safes, or a bigger safe. Maybe lockers? Some of us are paranoid and dont like having to leave out gear behind the desk. Other than that, 2 thumbs up. :) Great place.


Great location and great dorms.

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