Good A review of Banana Bungalow Maui Hostel
I stayed there for 3 nights last week. It is not a star hotel, but the staff always try their best. I opted for a private room. It didn't have a fan, but the lady on duty gave me a portable fan. The area is not cutsy, just not much activity at night. May be somebody who lives in a suburb and always cocoon themselves in a car might find the area scary. As a person who have lived mostly in downtowns, I didn't find the area spooky. We are OK as long as we dont keep valuables visible in the car and lock it. The staff are all young, enthusiastic ones and most of them work and stay there so somebody is always there in the campus to respond to guests' needs. They volunteer as guides on the trips. And, they do their best to help guests. I had a fabulous time on their 12-mile day hike in Haleakala, at the end of which we watched the sunset from the summit . Man, the variety of people I met !!! It was fun.
It is crowded but always full of life. There were people palying guitars, singing etc.
Now for some brickbats : Parking is tricky especially during the week. But the staff help as much to help find a parking spot closeby. I found the foot mats in the bathrooms dirty, but otherwise it was clean.