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75-184 Ala Onaona St, Hawaii's Big Island, Kailua-Kona, USA

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417 Total Reviews
  • 83%Value For Money
  • 73%Security
  • 84%Location
  • 84%Staff
  • 78%Atmosphere
  • 71%Cleanliness
  • 72%Facilities

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I booked for a private room and it was exactly what I expected. I arrived a little early but Eric let me keep my suitcase in the office while I killed a couple of hours down at the Ali'i Drive Markets. Eric checked me in quickly - bed was comfortable and the girls dorm area was clean. Met some great people to socialise with; made my first visit to Hawai'i a great experience. Just make sure you a) bring mozzie repellant and b) chill/go with the flow. Great for the solo traveller!

  • 17th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


The whole hostel is pretty worn out and needs to be updated. There are no lockers and doors to the building are left open all night. The Mosquitos are also a nightmare, we got at least 30 bites each during our 3 night stay. The bug screens are inadequate and the external doors don't have any screens at all. Everything in the kitchen is pretty grubby and needs washing before use. The fan in the mixed dorm is also broken so it was very hot! The staff were good guys and the wifi is good too.


The cleanliness could have been better. The outdoor was not closed for the night. The bathroom could have been cleaner. There were no lockers. The location was good and the staff was nice.


Pros: It´s a good price if you compare to the others places in the town. Location is very good. Cons: The cleanner (Ben) is the only nice person over there. One of the receptionist (who wear glasses) is rude. And here there is a big issue. If you arrive between noon and 5PM, there´s no one to check in. You only know this when you arrive there. In my case was even worst, because the recepcionist was there in the hostel, but too busy drinking beer and watching tv.


Eric was welcoming and friendly.

  • 7th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Nice location but a lot of mosquitoes!!


There's a problem it mosquitos and parking. Make sure you bring bug spray or you will have tons of mosquito bites. There's even mosquitos in bedrooms. If you rent a car you may have parking issues due to only having 3 parking spaces available. This hostel will charge $10 for room key.

  • 22nd Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Exceptionally clean and roomy. Was a truly great experience staying here. 5 stars for the staff as well, so nice to be around such laid back and chill professional people.


Warning: the mosquitoes here were like an Alfred Hitchcock film. They're everywhere, not just outside but in the dorms, common areas, kitchens. Many of the appliances (refrigerators, stoves etc) are in bad shape if they're functioning at all. There are a limited # of lockers so don't count on getting one. The staff are perhaps a little TOO laid back, they seem to want to skate by with minimum effort. One the plus side, the upstairs deck has a nice ocean view and the beds are quite comfortable.


Excellent location within walking distance to the waterfront in Kona, where there are lots of cafes and shops to enjoy. Staff was very helpful and recommended great beaches for us to enjoy. Good social atmosphere. Definitely a great place to base yourself on the Kona side of the island!


The hammock is nice, as is the location to the city center. Bit of a walk to a decent beach. The staff had a bit of an attitude when I tried to call and move my arrival date after hours, but were friendly enough in person. Very basic amenities, decent wifi.

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