Banana Bungalow


Banana Bungalow

310 North Market Street, Wailuku, HI 96793
Tel
(808) 244 5090 or 800 846 7835
Reception open
8am-10pm
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DISGUSTING and not worth it. Watch for bugs, thieves and keep an eye on your stuff
2 July 2008
Cons
It is filthy, unfriendly if over 23, attractive to the most arrogant of guests
Pros
coffee was good, view was cool
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Out of the three toilets I used, only 1 was working. The staff are full of themselves, the guests are little piggies and rude. I have travelled the world over (at last count, 50 countries) and 5 times as many hostels. This was one of the nastiest. My stuff was rifled through (funny, only had icky clothes for their entertainment!! ha!) there is no way to get to the top bunk (most places include a little thing called a freakin' ladder!!!). Showers were yicky. Breakfast is just PB&J with coffee. I give: the coffee was strong, dark and wonderful. The view is pretty kewl. If you want to play like it is the first time away from mommy and daddy, sure, go there. Otherwise, find someplace else where it isn't going to be a contest of who can give the most accurate portrayal of those kids in Lord of the Flies.

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The Real Maui Experience
14 January 2008
Cons
Street noise,
Pros
The free tours, centerly located on the isiand, the people.
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I arrived at the Banana Bungalow on Friday Jan. 9th at night, with no reservations, and they had no problem providing me with accommodations. I have never stayed at a hostel before the BB and any expectations I had of hostels were completely blown away. My plan was to stay here for a couple of days then travel to other hostels to get the full Maui experience. However, the BB provides free tours to all the corners of the island. The real draw hear are the free tours. Monday is a hike through the Iao Valley. Simon is the greatest guide, he fed us all with the wild fruits of the jungle along the way. Tuesday is the road to Hana, this is a very long and winding drive with the most amazing views of the ocean, jungle and dozens of water falls. There are stops along the way for local foods and fresh produce, both a red and black sand beach, a hike into a cave, and the greatest hike through a bamboo forest to a 300ft waterfall for a swim. Wednesday is a snorkeling trip to Black Rock in Kaanapali. I swam with hundreds of fish and followed a sea turtle over a beautiful coral reef. After we went to see the largest Buddha statue in the U.S. and then a trip into Lahaina for some shopping, food and drinks. Thursday is another snorkeling trip to Turtle Town, there is a lot of great reef to see here. Buy a waterproof camera, it is well worth it. After swimming and some sun the tour goes to Big Beach in Makena for some volleyball and more sun,..... Bring sun screen. Friday is a whale watching tour that I have yet to experience for myself, but I hear it is quite amazing. Saturday is a hike through the Haleakala crater. This is by far the most breathtaking place I have ever seen. To my knowledge, there is no other company on the island you can hire to guide you through the Volcano. It is truly one of those places in the world that words can not describe, you have to see it for yourself. It is well worth the stay at the BB to see this awesome place. Sunday is an incredibly relaxing day in Makena at Big Beach/Little Beach. Little beach, also my favorite beach, is clothing optional and the weeks events culminate with the most fabulous sunset over the island Kahoolawe with fire dancers feed primitive rhythms by a 20 piece drum circle. The beds here are very comfortable but sleeping street side can get noisy in the early morning, however the BB provides ear plugs which does alleviate the problem. They use a white power called Diatomaceous earth in the beds which helps prevent a bed bug infestation, as of yet I have not seen a single bed bug or anyone with bites, this is good because hostels usually have problems with bed bugs. The neighborhood is a pretty cool place with a bunch of cafes and art dealers. It can be a bit sketchy at night so if you need a midnight stroll use some common sense and walk in a group. The Banana Bungalow is a very interesting place. The atmosphere is here is very conducive to the social environment. I have had many fascinating philosophical conversation here. People travel here from all over the world for the Real Maui experience. The common area is the focal point of the BB. There is a 52in HD TV with satellite, free Wi-Fi, pool table, foosball, full kitchen, and a hot tub outside that is great to soak in after a long day of hiking. Friday there is a free keg and Chuck is here providing some great island tacos. I think the BB is a great place for the budget traveler. Young and old, couples and families, or just single this place will be able to accommodate anybody. I have been here for little over a month, met so many interesting people, and had the opportunity to see many of the less touristy areas of the island. I hope to stay here for a bit longer and see more of non resort Maui. The Banana Bungalow is centrally located on the island and is in my opinion perfect for taking in the Real Maui experience.

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Fun, friendly; staffs thorough cleaning ruined by slobs
30 November 2007
Cons
Big groups of smokers literally blocking entrances to common area, in hot tub...everywhere!
Pros
Daily Tours!
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I had already booked the hostel then upon reading the horrible 2 previous ratings I was close to cancelling and finding another place. I am glad I didn't! At first, I phoned from Honolulu that the jet door was to be closed and flight arrival time was 405pm and asked if the "free pick up" van could wait that 5 minutes. I was told the van DEPARTS the airport at 4pm...It was a 20$ taxi trip plus 6$ for luggage. (Off subject-taxis in Maui county charge per TRIP, not per rider so share with two others if you can; and they charge $3 per bag, so throw your carry on into a chacked bag to save 3$). Oh, there was no bike rack at the hostel. Not a good start at all! Luckily things got much better. The tours were just fabulous; and the two guides, Simon and Dana were very pleasant; and never imposed any money issues on us. The tours were so good, and we EAGERLY donated money. (Also, by not charging, they go to cool places where commercial tours are not allowed to go!!!). When they took tips they didn't examine them in public, but quickly and privately stowed them and thanked everyone very enthusiastically. I never saw bugs in the kitchen nor had any food or drink stolen during my 8 night stay (kinda amazed-the 12 pack of Moosehead I labelled and stowed the first Saturday night was my "test" if it was okay). Unfortunately, some slobs left dirty dishes, pots, forks, and food particles in the sink the first Sunday morning; and the staff cleaned up when the tour left. Oh, yeah, generally it was fine, but annoying when in the common room the stereo was going pretty loud, while the tv loud...oh, one staff guy in his 40s was always angry and cynical all the time. While my girlfriend were enjoying the hot tub he came in and started mouthing off (totally unprovoked) on Christians, then began a lenghtly tirade asserting that all non-Native Hawaiians need to get out of the Hawaiian Islands. He looked pure Caucasian, so he certainly was an excellent candidate to lead this exodus; but he remained there for the rest of our stay. (Kau Inoa, and probably many, many others will be glad to help him pack his bags and leave!!!). Oh, well, there is always one in every crowd. Overall, it was a very, very fun place to stay. Oh, one reviewer said it was in a "dangerous part of town". I walked around the neighborhood 7 of my 8 night stay to eat or buy drink and only encountered other hostellers. Wailuku is an industrial town and doesn't have much nightlife; so go on the tours by day, and enjoy the hottub and hammocks in the evening. Oh, they turn off hot tub and stereo promptly at 10pm so you can sleep!!! ;)

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Too much pot smoking
8 December 2005
Cons
Kitchen, bugs all over and food was stolen
Pros
Trees
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The kitchen was over run with rats, and bugs. It had a bad odor and people kept getting there food stolen. You had to have a car to get groceries, since there were no stores in the area. The tours are not free. The drivers, paid by the hostel, insisted on at least a $10 tip for the tour. If you didn't give them one, they wouldn't ever talk to you again. The hostel's location is in a very dangerous part of town. And there is no night time entertainment, bars or the like. To do anything, you had to rent a car which if you could find one was expensive.

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Disappointed
8 December 2005
Cons
The personalities of the staff and owner
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No one was friendly to you after you paid.(seems like that was all they were interested in-bottom line). The place was over run with mice, ants and roaches. I actually got a bad case of the bed-bugs. The kitchen was too small for the number using it. It stunk and was very dirty most of the time. The tours were something else. Little time to really get to doing anything and at the end of each, the drivers had their hands out for the tip of which they hadn't earned. Underage drinking was out of control and if you did sackout with one of the staff, you were out. I wouldn't suggest this place to any one!!

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