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- 98%Green Travelers
- 84%Budget Travelers
- 82%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (5)
- Hedonisia HawaiiMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 7Feb 01, 2014
Ecotourists can enjoy affordable, quirky, environmentally friendly lodgings ranging from a Bamboo Hut to a School Bus! Or volunteer your time to enjoy a discounted eco-vacation in Hawaii. The volunteer program is for those who wish to enjoy a longer stay in Hawaii at a lower cost while doing volunteer work in support of a sustainable community.
- Hedonisia HawaiiCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 12, 2013
Hedonisia Hawaii probably would not work for many travelers. If you’re accustomed to room service, spas and beauty salons, you can probably forget about it. The guestrooms here integrate nicely with the Pahoa rainforest in which the property rests. Showers and bathrooms are shared, and there are no televisions in the “rooms.” Oddly enough, there is free Wi-Fi, because no matter how eco-nature-lover you can get, you’ll always need Wi-Fi.
And, yes, the hostel is very photogenic and I may or may not have Instagrammed a few things.
That said, Hedonisia gets major props for being sustainable and for providing services for those wishing to volunteer in Hawaii. It’s a lifestyle property, not stopping at simply providing accommodations for guests. And though I live in San Francisco now, things that run extremely high on the hippie spectrum still make me cringe. Hedonisia Hawaii is very accessible and the people running the place are friendly.
To reiterate, this may or may not be the place for you. If you want to get close to nature, it is a unique experience you can’t find anywhere else in Hawaii. If you’re into luxury travel and you find yourself uncomfortable here, you only have yourself to blame, silly goose.
- Hedonisia HawaiiDec 09, 2013
Two months in, and I love Hedonisia more than I did upon arrival. I knew what to expect. A beautiful jungle hut lined with bamboo and screen; exactly what I wanted. Simple, natural beauty. The friends I've made here are all interesting, wonderful people. While community living is at the forefront, guests always have the ability to step into their lodgings and their own space. Ocean View Hut, my home for the past two months, is my favorite lodging at Hedonisia. It's set up above the rest of the property, giving inhabitants a breathtaking bird's-eye view of the ocean. I've spent the last eight weeks waking up each morning and watching the sun rise over the ocean—without having to leave my bed. Owners Linda and Mojo keep a tight handle on who comes onto and off of the property; not a day went by where I didn't feel safe or secure.
- Hedonisia HawaiiMar 27, 2013
This is an eco-friendly hostel for people who would like a back-to-nature type of living. It is situated in the rainforest of Pahoa. The premises has a main house with a queen size bed. Other units range from fixed cottages and areas for camping tents. The area is surrounded with beautiful tropical plants.
The fixed cottages and main house have electricity but the others don’t. There is an open-air
shared living room with the only TV on the property, a shared and well-equipped kitchen,
a shared shower and toilet, and a shared washer and dryer. Everything is well-maintained and surprisingly clean. However, if you like luxury hotel rooms and maid service, this is not for you.
Although this property does not provide many amenities, it offers a comfortable stay with unique experiences. And with the lower cost, the stay can be extended to fully explore the island.
Shopping malls for groceries, the Pahoa ocean shore, and the field of lava rocks where lava pours directly into the sea are all within this same zip code.
- Hedonisia HawaiiDec 09, 2013
I stayed at Hedonisia Hawaii for about 3 weeks as part of my round the world trip. Upon arrival I was surprised at how well everything functioned: the shower works, the toilet flushes, the kitchen is very well equipped, the communal areas are clean and tidy and the accommodation is comfortable! (I've stayed in a lot of hostels and this was up there with the best eco-hostels and at a snip of the price!)
The hostel runs a volunteer program which enabled me to research and edit a tropical plant inventory whilst also helping to write a grant application proposal which was a great skill for me to learn. There are also more physical hands-on volunteer roles available working in the tropical garden and maintaining the property so it offer something for everyone. Most importantly of all though every person I came in to contact with had a great spirit and was very easy going, i really enjoyed my time at Hedonisia Hawaii and hope to return one day! All the best guys! x
The hostel offers private garden showers, heated via solar energy. Geothermal electricity is available for charging electronics. Wireless Internet is complimentary throughout the property, as are local phone calls. Eco-toilets provide garden views. An open-air lounge with television, community kitchen and a washer/dryer are also available for use.
Cottages and camping tents accomodate guests within the lush and green property. The main house offers a queen-size bed.