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The Big Island Hostel

804 Kilauea Ave Ste A, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720-4239
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#3 of 9 Speciality lodging in Hilo

​At The Big Island Hostel it’s our duty to make sure that our hostel is clean, comfortable and secure so that our guests can feel safe and welcome! Our newly renovated hostel features beautiful bedrooms equipped with comfortable extra-long memory foam mattresses and pillows, soft, high quality linens, and comfy quilts as well as coded locks on doors to enhance security and well sealed windows for your quiet enjoyment.

Diverse room choices include a semi-private room, female dorm room and a private suite. Please contact us for co-ed options and availability.

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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free airport transportation
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Non-smoking hotel
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Non-smoking rooms
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Homeschool_Mom_Patti wrote a review Jul 2021
Peachtree City, Georgia503 contributions98 helpful votes
The thing you remember most about your experience here will be the manager, Dutch. He is friendly, informative, flexible, accommodating, and will spend his time talking about everything with you. This hostel was very clean, well managed but not inflexible. We called at 4pm to book our beds and Dutch said to call when we arrived (around 10pm) and he'd let us in the back door. We received sheets, pillow, blanket, and a small towel. The female dorm room had sturdy built-in wooden bunk beds painted a welcoming lime-green with a bright pink sitting area. The new memory foam mattresses and pillows are comfy. There aren't any lights or USB ports in the bunks, so bring a battery pack. There are hangers and a few hooks. Around the kitchen, I saw a co-ed shower w/ 2 showers, 1 toilet & sink, and a bathroom with 1 toilet and sink. I didn't try to use them in the morning, but they were free at night. I was told to lock the shower door if I didn't want a male coming in to use the other shower while I was in there. We had a small service dog staying in our room who was very quiet & friendly. Weather in June was rainy and humid. Bring an umbrella! Things were just opening up after covid but the few restaurants that were open were still only allowing take-away with masks. There's a drive-thru burger joint across the street, but we walked 3 min. south to the Cafe 100 for breakfast and brought it back to the hostel to eat. There were free tea bags and a water heater in the sitting room with 2 fans blowing the humidity away. I didn't use the kitchen except to store food in the fridge. There were lockers, so bring your own padlock. We had a large bike lock and it fit. The location wasn't anything special in Hilo unless you have a car and plan to drive to nearby places. I was hoping this part of Hilo would be quaint, but it wasn't. We took a taxi from the Hilo airport and it was a 6-min. drive for $15 (including tip). We walked 27 min to the beautiful Japanese Garden. After we got our rental car, Dutch told us about a local waterfall (Wailuku Falls) we could swim in, which was a 10-min drive. Dorm beds were expensive at $50/night, but it's Hawaii.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Dave K wrote a review Jan 2020
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I recently stayed at the Big Island Hostel and enjoyed my time there very much. The hostel was clean, the room was comfortable, the environment was peaceful, and the staff were very friendly. The hostel is within walking distance of the downtown and some wonderfully beautiful parks. This is a great place to chill out and I would recommend it to anyone.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Kiki Z wrote a review Aug 2018
Rosenheim, Germany1 contribution
It is a very clean and good organised hostel. Also the staff is very nice and always happy to help. It is located in the center of Hilo and not far from the habour and the beach. I can only recommend it.
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Date of stay: August 2018
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Trip type: Travelled solo
Wonil K wrote a review Aug 2018
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Room was pretty with colorful walls and clean. Air conditioning worked great in the room. The host was very helpful. There are good restaurants (Cafe 100 and Hilo Burger Joint) in walking distance. I was actually the only guest at my first night in the entire hostel since lot of people cancelled out reservation because of volcano eruption. However I feel really safe for the entire stay here.
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Date of stay: July 2018
Trip type: Travelled solo
Brenda B wrote a review Aug 2018
San Diego, California103 contributions50 helpful votes
I stayed here for the first time this summer. The place is spotless clean and the decor is fantastic. The location cannot be topped at the price. There is a restaurant below, that is currently being renovated so hopefully is ready to go by my next visit. Is very close to the waterfront, coffee shops, restaurants, a pharmacy, etc. If you need a taxi they can order one for you or you can also just get an uber which is super cheap because everything is near by. As a single girl, I felt pretty safe here. I would totally stay here again and if I come with the girls this is better than a hotel because we can all stay in the same room.
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Date of stay: August 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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US$108 - US$110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Big Island Hostel
United StatesHawaiiIsland of HawaiiHilo
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Big Island Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to The Big Island Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Wailoa River State Recreation Area (0.4 km), Wailoa Center (0.4 km), and Aloha Adventures (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Big Island Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and airport transportation.
Is parking available at The Big Island Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Big Island Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hilo Burger Joint, Cafe 100, and Restaurant Kenichi.
Does The Big Island Hostel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Big Island Hostel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are there any historical sites close to The Big Island Hostel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kaipalaoa Landing (1.5 km).