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Koa Wood Hale Reviews

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

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301 Total Reviews
  • 87%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 75%Cleanliness
  • 77%Facilities

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Very basic but adequate with no frills. Location to town and swimming/snorkling beach is great.


To preface, I have been traveling around for the past 3 months in Europe and in the states bouncing around hostels including one on the other side of the island in Hilo. This is by far the dirtiest hostel I have stayed at. Beware of the deceptive pictures. The downstairs kitchen area especially the floor of the reception desk isn't pleasant. The room upstairs where I stayed at had the basics: bed, chair, and hangers. The location is probably the greatest highlight to stay at Koa Wood.


The staff of the place was great, but so nice that they didnt make sure everybody would respect the rules. Peiple were staying at the hostel without paying, playing music all day and late at night, smoking weed inside the bedroom and not washing their things after use. Big disrespect from these people! Bathroom and kitchen very dirty.


This place has it all: a facility that's falling apart, staff that live at the hostel (often sleeping in the living room), a rude manager, and disgusting rooms. I would never recomend this place to my friends or family.

  • 21st Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Cool place but know what you're getting in to. I've stayed in a lot of dirty hostels over my time and this is up there. It's an island hostel, meaning no locks on any doors, people walking barefeet indoors (no socks), sandy floors, and mosquitoes flying freely. If you get past that, it's an ok place to chill a couple days. Staff is friendly enough if a bit on the pothead side (more temporary staff/drifters than main staff). Good location, maybe a 10 minute walk downhill to the main tourist area.

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