Hawaii is one of the top choices when it comes to spending your summer vacation. With Hawaii’s pristine environment, salty sea air, and year-round sunny weather, it is genuinely something that backpackers would want to visit, especially that summer is near. It’s possible to spend a week, or more, exploring the many trails on the scenic islands. While there are plenty of options for a brief adventure to a specific destination, Hawaii has diverse geography with level and steep terrain, so choose hiking gear accordingly.

In preparation for your Hawaiian trip, it is essential that you have prior research for your destination. Talk with locals about the best areas to hike. Study trail maps, and other topography diagrams of the island which you planning to visit. Have an idea of what the terrain will be like before embarking on the journey. As for your transportation, some visitors to the big island of Hawaii opt to rent a car from one of the region’s car rental companies. Hawaii’s free Hele-On bus system can also be an economical way to get around the the big island of Hawaii. Another tip when riding buses is always carry exact fare when boarding the bus, as the driver doesn’t give change.

One of the most important things that you should have prior research is with the accommodation that you will have when you stay in Hawaii. Some visitors worry about the cost of hotels in Hawaii, and with a tight budget, it can get difficult to find a good hotel. Proper research and looking into different travel accommodation sites can help you plan and going with a hostel is a great way to save money and meet other fellow travelers.

Best Hostels in Hawaii for Backpackers

There are several backpacking hostels on the island of Hawaii; you can try and have a quick look on hostelworld.com, or booking.com for  possible places that you could stay when you travel to Hawaii. To give you further details and insights about the different hostels in Hawaii, here are some suggestions for you.


 SUM/JUMP LINKS: Oahu, Honolulu | Maui | Kauai | Island of Hawai’i


Oahu is primarily defined by the state capital of Honolulu, as well as Pearl Harbor and the famous Waikiki beach. These areas attract tourists by the thousands daily. Oahu boasts of a fantastic climate, inexpensive accommodations, a large variety of shopping options, amazing hikes, and world-renowned beaches – it’s fair to say the island entices visitors from around the world.

Hostelling International Honolulu

Price (starts at 28USD)

Located a 9-minute drive from Kahanamoku Beach, this Honolulu hostel features beds in all-male or all-female dormitories. Each all-male or female dormitory room provides a shared full kitchen, a TV, and a lounge at HI – Honolulu University Hostel. Towels and linens provided at check-in. Lockers provided, and guests are encouraged to bring their padlock. Honolulu International Airport is a 15-minute drive away. Ala Moana Beach Park is an 8-minute drive from HI – Honolulu University Hostel.

Hostelling International Waikiki (2 blocks from the beach)

You know what they say, same same but different! This is the same hostels but located only 2 blocks aways from the beach. It’s ideal solution for backpackers / surfers who would like to experience Hawaii in the best way!

Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village

Price (starts at 30USD)

This property is a 4-minute walk from the beach. This hostel is in Haleiwa, Hawaii and across the street from Three Tables Beach. This hostel features a kitchen area and cable TV. The Backpackers Vacation Inn and Plantation Village provide free parking.  The Backpackers is within a 5-minute walk to Sharks Cove and Waimea Bay. The Pipeline is 1.6 km away. Sunset Beach Park is 4.8 km from the hostel.

Maui is the second most visited island in Hawaii, with around 2.4 million visitors each year. Tourism greatly affects the nature of Maui and it boasts an extensive assortment of resorts, hotels, condos, and private rentals available across the island. The eastern portion of Maui is enriched with lush green paradise that most travelers are amazed with and gives them the pleasure of experiencing nature therapy with their family or friends.

Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel

Price (starts at 47USD)

The Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel is close to all, being centrally located in the historic town of Wailuku in the north, central Maui. It’s located about 3 miles from Kahului Airport (Maui’s main airport) and Kanaha Beach, 7 miles from Paia and Hookipa, 7 miles from Kihei, and 17 miles from Lahaina. The hostel is a short drive from some of the best windsurfing in the world! So, whether you want to visit Hana and Haleakala, windsurf Hookipa and Sprecks, or enjoy the beaches of Makena and Kaanapali, Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel is the place for you.

Tiki Beach Hostel

Price (starts at 49USD)

This unique hostel is located at the West of Maui in Lahaina. It has shared accommodations with air conditioner, guests can also access free Wi-Fi during their stay, and the hostel also allows guests to use boogie boards, and access to beach chairs and snorkeling equipment. Besides these, there is also a separate activity desk available to help guests to learn more information about the different local events in Maui.

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Kauai is the fourth most visited island in Hawaii with over 1.3 million visitors annually. The island is easily identified by its amazing scenery and relaxed persona. The dramatic cliffs and pinnacles of its Na Pali Coast have served as a backdrop for major Hollywood films, while 10-mile-long Waimea Canyon and the Nounou Trails traversing the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge are hiking destinations.

Honu’ea International Hostel Kauai

Price (starts at 31USD)

This hotel from Kauai is family operated and is in the heart of Kapa’a Town. It hostels also includes two dorm rooms, four private bedrooms, and two deluxe rooms. Guests also have the luxury of free Wi-Fi access, free parking, and can also experience an accurate service from the multilingual staff.

Kauai Beach House Oceanfront Hostel

Price (starts at 38USD)

This hostel in Kauai is located on the Blue Lagoon of the island. The hostel also offers an overlooking view of the Blue Lagoon, mountain, volcano, and the ocean. Guests can also try different active activities within the island. Facilities include an open-air, covered full kitchen with barbecue grills and a picnic table, and parking is complimentary for every guest.

The island of Hawaii is the third most popular choice amongst visitors, with over 1.6 million travelers annually. Most of the Big Island’s visitors stay in the Kailua-Kona area with for fantastic weather, abundant shopping areas, and vast array of dining options. It also hosts a wide assortment of accommodations, from high-end resorts to condominiums. The ocean off the Kona coast is clear and great for both snorkeling and diving. To the north of Kona is the “Gold Coast” of Kohala

My Hawaii Hostel

Price (starts at 40USD)

The Hostel offers indoor/outdoor lounge area is carefully designed to cater to travelers looking for an interactive and socially driven lodging experience. The fully equipped self-service kitchen and BBQ area allow guests to prepare their meals and snacks. My Hawaii Hostel also has a commercial fridge that provides plenty of space for everyone, and top-notch appliances make food preparation a breeze. If you are traveling by bike, bike box, surfboard or other large luggage the hostel has plenty of secure storage.

Hilo Bay Hostel

Price (starts at 40USD)

Showcasing a terrace and views of the sea, Hilo Bay Hostel is in Hilo in the region of Hawaii Island, just 37 km from Volcano. The rooms featured a sitting area for the convenience of every guest and fitted with a shared bathroom. If guests want to cook their meal, there is a stocked kitchen on the property.


Backpackers will surely have the leisure and experience the different beautiful beaches, fantastic jungles, giant waterfalls, excellent diving, and world-class waves that the different islands of Hawaii can bring. So, book now your trip in Hawaii and explore the beauty that nature brings during your stay on these different hostels in Hawaii.


Author BIO: Eddie Keliinohomoku is the Director of sales and marketing and co-founder of Go Hawaii Tours and Aloha Trikke, With Direct Ties to the Hawaiian islands, Eddie’s passion is sharing the islands and spirit of aloha with the world. “E Komo Mai”