There are not that many hostels in Kailua Kona and the surrounding areas. It is possible that you find any hostel that you like and that is available for your travel dates here on the west coast of the Big Island. If you miss finding a bed at a hostel and your budget is tight, consider other affordable options such as camping or sharing a vacation rental with friends.
You can find hostels for 3 regions on the western Big Island coast:
- Hostels in Kailua Kona (the town)
- Hostels in South Kona (the district, know for coffee plantations, snorkeling and the lush forests
- Hostels in Ocean View (the southernmost part of the island)
Hostels in Kailua Kona
Two hostels located in Kailua-Kona town are My Hawaii Hostel and the Koa Wood Hale (aka Patey’s Place). My Hawaii Hostel is newer and has nicer amenities and a cleaner look. Even though it is a bit more expensive than the other options the value for money is excellent. On the other hand, Koa Wood Hale is a bit cheaper and is closer to the town center.
1: My Hawaii Hostel
This hostel opened in late 2015 in Kailua-Kona on Alii Drive about 3 miles south of the town center. Even though they are a bit farther from the town center, getting there is easy using either your own transport or public transport (Hele On Bus or the Keauhou Trolley). The rooms are without exception clean and the staff friendly. It is located very close to beaches and surf spots and is a short drive or trolley ride to the town center.
2: Koa Wood Hale
Located a 10-minute walk from downtown Kona and the ocean, this hostel is the closest to the town center. Not as clean and well equipped as the other hostels, but as hostels go it is still a reasonable budget option. Make sure to inquire about parking and check-in time before arriving!
visit the Koa Wood Hale on hostelworld (no hostel website available)
Hostels in Captain Cook (South of Kona)
If you want to stay away from the busyness of town in a lush, cool, and beautiful part of the west side, then south of Kona is where you should head. Captain Cook is about a 20-minute drive from Kona but has plenty of shops, restaurants and a supermarket.
1: Pineapple park (Kona location)
Pineapple Park is located ten miles south of Kailua-Kona in Kealakekua. They have both dorm rooms and numerous private rooms, some with their own bathroom. They are near one of our favorite snorkeling places in Hawaii, the Captain Cook Monument, coffee farms, and kayaking adventures.
Hostels in Ocean View (even further south of Kona)
Technically Ocean View is in the Ka’u district *just* south of the South Kona district. However, since most people choosing to stay in Ocean View do so because they want to be close to South Kona we decided to include this listing together with the rest of the hostels in Kona.
1: Ocean View eco-friendly bunkhouse
This is a small off-the-grid collection of rooms in Ocean View, most suited for budget travelers that want to get away from the crowds. Great sunsets, isolation, dark skies (stargazing!), and lots of open sky (the houses are build on a lava flow from 1856), are some of the features of this location. Oh, they also get stellar reviews!
More information on the airbnb website (their own website will be up later this year).