Kauai International Hostel


Kauai International Hostel

4532 Lehua Street, Kapaa-Kauai, HI 96746
Tel
(808) 823 6142
Reception open
8am-10pm
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My vacation was ruined. Don't go here!
5 September 2011
Cons
Mike the manager is abusive
Pros
cheap
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I am in my 50's, a solo traveler, and have enjoyed staying at hostels in many countries. Unfortunately, this was the worst experience in my life. Warning! It could happen to you!! I had a bed reserved for the week. I waited 20 minutes in the seedy common room before, the manager Max or Mike (he used both names) arrived. He seemed hostile and agitated "What are you doing here?" "I have a reservation." I waited while he spat out the rules (they seemed fine to me, no problem..) then he said "You can't stay, you don't have the right attitude, I could tell from the first minute you walked in here. I started to ask how he could say that, since I just stood there listening, and he says "Now you're getting argumentative, this PROOVES you have a bad attitude. You are a troublemaker, get the f***out or I'll call the police" Then as I leave, he follows behind me cursing and threatening until I get into my car. I have never had someone treat me so badly. I was in tears. I came with open mind and open heart. He threw me out for no reason and I had no place to stay. I slept in my car. Others told me that he throws people out daily. If I can save just one other person the stress and emotional upset of going to the "Hostile" and being abused, it will be worth it. Go somewhere else, or at least have a fall-back position! Believe the negative reviews! Any positive reviews were done by his buddies who live there. I did meet a girl who stayed there one night and said he talked about himself and his problems for hours. He was unstable, verbally and emotionally abusive. BEWARE!! For Gods sake, look elsewhere. :(

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Place is a nightmare and ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES***
3 April 2010
Cons
everything from beginning to end
Pros
the best part is getting the **** out of there
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This is a sincere warning to travelers who are thinking of staying at this hostel. BEWARE!!!!! This place, contrary to it's advertisement, is a tiny, hole in the wall establishment, with absolutely no character whatsoever. A simple up and down unit, with men downstairs, and women up. The bathroom was disgusting and about the size of a small walk-in closet. The common room has a single picnic table and a circa 1930 couch. The bunk beds are home made from 2x4's, and creak and sway every time you move. The mattresses and sheets are a disgrace, and the place is infested with bedbugs. So, now that we've gone through the establishments good points, lets consider the bad ones. It doesn't take the average individual a long time to figure out that ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES***, or whatever he calls himself these days, is a seriously deranged man that is desperately in need of psychiatric help. On my first day of staying at this place, I watched him verbally abuse the guests, make hugely inappropriate comments to the female travelers, refuse admittance to travelers he did not like the look of, start a number of arguments, and attack individuals for imagined slights. He calls for quiet after 9 PM, then blares hard rock music from his little room beside the girls dorm until 11:30 himself. On day two ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES*** completely lost his mind and became physical with a very young traveler that wanted to know if there could be bedbugs since he woke up covered in bites (as, incidentally, we all were). Having finished with the young German, ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES***, now in the throws of his mania, decided to run rampant, and began accosting all the guests about the apparent theft of his keys, which he insisted be returned to him, or he would throw everyone out on the street. Having had enough, I cornered the lunatic, and invited him to try some of his tactics on me, but it seems that ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES*** only enjoys terrorizing and bullying persons that will let him. In rather unkind words I let Mike know what I thought of him, then demanded my prepaid $300.00 back, so I could get the **** out of there. Having been humiliated in front of the other guests, he complied very quickly, and I managed to be out of there in 10 minutes flat. I high-tailed it down the road to the Kauai Beach House, where I was welcomed with open arms to a cozy, on the beach setting with great people, great atmosphere, all the Aloha I could ask for, and the perfect setting to really start my vacation. I had planned to stay there for a 10 days, and ended up staying for 6 weeks. To finish with ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES***, some of the other travelers that were staying there ended up at the Kauai Beach House a few hours after my arrival. When I asked them what happened at the International hostel after I left, they said that ***EDITED TO COMPLY WITH BUG'S REVIEW GUIDELINES*** just went completely crazy after the incident between him and I. Apparently he kicked just about everyone there out of the hostel, and while everyone was happy to go, he refused to refund anyone their monies. Over the following weeks an endless number of travelers would arrive at the Beach House with their stories of horror from the international hostel, everyone completely shocked over the fact that such a deranged individual would be allowed to run a public establishment. Oddly enough, neither the owner, nor the local authorities ever do anything to censor or curb this guys behavior. So, if you're in Kauai, do yourself a favor and stay at the KAUAI BEACH HOUSE, not the INTERNATIONAL HOSTEL, unless of course you fancy the company of lunatics and bedbugs.

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Maikiki is an abusive scary man!
30 April 2009
Cons
Defiantly , the Abusive manager!
Pros
Nothing
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Oh right Maikiki! You expect those of us that have endured and suffered through your verbal abuse and rage, to not see through your deception, by posting fake reviews, that you yourself have written, trying to show yourself in a positive light?! Pllleeeaaasse! Last year, you verbally assaulted me, in front of my boyfriend. You told me I had bad energy, that the island wouldn't accept me. I had only politely inquired about a room and rates. People, be warned! This manager is emotionally, mentally, spiritually, unstable ! He was so insulting and cruel that I left shaking, crying and in shock. Probally one of the WORST experiences in my life! This year, I've come back to Kauai to redo the trip he ruined. I am thankful for this wonderful time I've had here, knowing to stay far away from KIH, but the hurt he caused, has prompted me to warn others of KIH still, so that no one should have to feel the anguish I felt. I hope you get removed from that hostel Maikiki!

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nightmare
13 February 2008
Cons
mike the manager
Pros
location is good and kauai is the best island.
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BEWARE fellow travelers. My wallet was stolen my first night there and Mike or "makiki" was extremely defensive and blamed me for losing it and "spreading negative vibes." Police were called and from what I was told this was not the first time. I write this out of regret not bitterness and hope this will not be censored and helps other travelers avoid having this nightmare happen to them. You can camp at Anini for 3 dollars a night and it is safer than this place. Avoid this place as it is not worth the risk of staying in a place where the manager is obviously on drugs. This is sad because Kauai is a beautiful island and most of the people are really cool.

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This is one of the best hostels I have ever stayed at!
10 August 2007
Cons
Ummm, this is a tough one, I can only think of good.
Pros
The atmosphere, the setting and the people.
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I really enjoyed staying at this hostel. My dorm room was bright, new and clean, we had a bathroom in the dorm which was good. The common area outside was great for reading, chatting and eating. Excellent internet service (fast). The lounge room inside was so homely, there was a large kitchen with lots of appliances for cooking and plenty of room for everyone to cook at the same time. There are three large fridges so there is plenty of space to put your food. Cable TV was good too just for mindless TV watching after a long day doing nothing on the beach! Mikey the manager was sooooooo fantastic, I feel like he did alot for my sister and I, which he did! He was really warm, friendly, helpful and good to chat with. I was in a bit of a stress one day after missing my flight home but Mikey made me feel happy about staying a couple more days in Kauai and especially at the Kauai International Hostel. I met some lovely and interesting people and I had the most fantastic time in Kauai altogether. After 7 months of travel, my stay in Kauai was one of the highlights and the Kauai International Hostel had alot to do with that :D

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I stayer there for 4 days and it was owesome
23 July 2007
Cons
nothing is worst
Pros
The atmosfhere is perfet
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I love Kaauai and this place is really nice, the location is perfet and the people are very helpfull :grin:

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Had everything I needed, quiet, friendly, good info from Mike, great beds % showers, great location
18 July 2007
Cons
Mike runs the hostel by himself, sometimes has to leave - like for buying food for sun night fest
Pros
price, location, cleanliness
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Summary says it all - place was easy to find, close to heart of Kapa'a which is great access for south and north shores, beds were great - new memory foam on most of them - sheets were new and crisp, shower was clean, hot and good water pressure, other guests were friendly and also travelers. Mike has done a great job renovating the structure, infrastructure, and spirit of the hostel. It was safe, secure, clean, quiet, friendly. I look forward to visiting again and staying there.

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The bed bugs are the freindliest thing in the hostel!
7 July 2007
Cons
It is dead here, and not very friendly
Pros
It's on Kauai
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Not the nicest place to stay, the cost and the fact it's on Kaua'i are attractive otherwise the whole approach is wrong, too laid back and yet full of rules at the same time. While the rules are no different to most hostels having them shoved down your throat at arrival isn't allt hat welcoming. Rooms are not terrible but they are not great either.

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