Polynesian Hostel is a budget-friendly space, located steps from palm-fringed beaches, Kapiʻolani Park and Honolulu Zoo. It is a great choice for backpackers, digital nomads and groups seeking a base from which to explore Waikīkī and beyond.

Stay in a mixed dorm with bunk beds or book a semi-private room accessed via colorful murals on the stairs. Some accommodations come with air conditioning and the hostel offers high speed WiFi to help you stay connected.

Nearby, ABC stores cater to daily grocery needs and there are plenty of gourmet food shops to explore along Kalākaua Avenue. Don’t forget to visit the Saturday morning Waikiki Specialty Farmer’s Market (4 minutes walk) or browse luxury stores and join in with cultural entertainment at International Market Place (less than 15 mins).

You’ll find a vast array of eateries serving everything from Hawaiian, American, Italian, Japanese to baked goods and breakfasts nearby. A couple of favorites include Tucker & Bevvy for grab ‘n’ go sandwiches, salads and baked treats and Tiki’s Grill & Bar is great for trying Pacific Rim dishes with a side of live entertainment.

Relax on a hammock on the hostel’s small patio. Rent a surfboard or make use of the free snorkel and beach gear. Take in the attractions of Kapiʻolani Park, see a live performance at Waikiki Shell and venture to Art on the Zoo Fence (Sat & Sun 9am-3pm).

A main highlight of this hostel is its sociable vibe. If traveling solo or as a group, you’re sure to meet like-minded adventurers here.

There are no resort fees and there is paid private parking on-site.

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