E Komo Mai (Welcome)!

Covid-19 Update:

Hawaii’s Pre-Travel Testing Program is scheduled to begin on October 15.

  • Guests MUST have documentation proving they have passed the FDA-authorized nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT)

  • View the official Hawaii Tourism Authority Covid-19 webpage by clicking H E R E

last updated on 10/15/2020

The Hostel will NOT accept any guest who requires quarantine

No Exceptions!


We are protecting your health by following all safety guidelines and protocols, and by continuing to keep our facilities spotlessly clean, as we always do.

We are conveniently located near downtown Hilo.

Our amenities include a fully functional kitchen, private onsite parking, laundry facilities and complimentary coffee and tea.

Please call us for availability and pricing.

Mahalo Nui Loa

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We have two dorm style rooms that are coed, and one that is for females only. Each room has six extra long memory foam twin beds. All rooms have air conditioning and unique features. Cleanliness is our priority and we supply fresh sheets and towels to all of our guests.
Our coed suite has six extra long memory foam twin beds and it’s own en suite bathroom, which it shares with one private room. This suite has air conditioning, extra closet space and room for luggage, plus is a bit more private than our dorm style rooms.
  • Cherry is a private room with two extra long twin memory foam beds, air conditioning, and a large wardrobe for storage.
  • Lani Private is a large private room with a queen memory foam bed, skylight, air conditioning, and a private lanai which offers a view of Mauna Kea.
  • Our private rooms are clean and very popular: book early for best availability!

E’ Komo Mai to the Big Island Hostel! Conveniently located in historical downtown Hilo, we are within walking distance of many local restaurants, shops, the famous Hilo Farmers Market and the Hilo bay front.

Beautiful black sand beaches, waterfalls, and many other cultural attractions are only minutes away. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the quiet, easy lifestyle of Hilo Town, or looking for a launch pad for your Big Island adventures, we are here to help!

  • Close to waterfalls
  • Close to beaches
  • Close to downtown Hilo
  • Close to Stores & Restaurants
  • Close to nightlife
  • Private tours available

Service FAQ


We offer filtered water, coffee, and quality teas to all of our guests at no charge.


Our kitchen is well stocked:

  • Dishes and silverware
  • Pots/Pans
  • Cooking utensils
  • Full sized refrigerator
  • Beverage refrigerator
  • Toaster oven
  • Microwave oven
  • Burners for cooking
  • Large dry food pantry
  • Coffee machine/French press
  • Blender
  • Juicer
  • Rice cooker
  • Condiments
  • ‘Free stuff’ section


Our facility is well lit and protected by security cameras. All doors are equipped with modern coded locks, so there is no need to keep up with room keys. The hostel houses a large bank of lockers which are sized for standard airline carry ons. If you require a lock, we can provide one for a small fee.

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… for travelers inspired by the Aloha spirit

by Kim Pfeifle on The Big Island Hostel
Excellent Accommodation

Big Island Hostel is an adorable hostel in a great location in Hilo. Quick walk to downtown and surrounding parks and an even quicker drives to ideal hidden gems. Dutch is an amazing host, he lives right downstairs and is available 24/7 for your needs (though you won’t need for much here). Dutch also has some awesome recommendations for places to go in town!

by Frank Chiaro on The Big Island Hostel

So far my stay has been very nice. The decor is a very nice vibe and the location is great; it is very close to downtown Hilo. The rooms are comfortable and easy to sleep in. I am enjoying my stay quite a bit. Also the care taker Dutch is very helpful and reliable and takes good care of the guests. Would stay again for sure.

by London Hirsch on The Big Island Hostel
Hostel review

Absolutely incredible service. I’ve been to every continent apart from Antarctica and this was one of the coolest places I’ve ever stayed in. Spacious common area with hi-Tec amenities brings it all together. The owner Dutch has years of experience on the island and will put u on the best local spots to eat and recreate. The area around the hostel is beautiful with a public fishing park across the street. Fast food along with local eating areas are all within walking distance. Overall the best place I’ve stayed in it a very long time. I HIGHLY recommend staying here to get the full experience of the town of Hilo.

by Paige Morley on The Big Island Hostel
Amazing stay

As soon as we got to the hostel we were greeted by Dutch and have never felt more welcome. The accommodations were nice and the decor made everything seem bright. 10/10 would stay here again.

by Charlie Weltchek on The Big Island Hostel
Dutch is awesome

Great location. Dutch has been the best and has made my stay better. The staff consistently go out of their way to help out.

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Big Island Hostel

804A Kilauea Avenue
Hilo, HI 96720





... for travelers inspired by the Aloha spirit