"A gathering place for hikers, nature lovers, campers, and travelers
who prefer nature to luxury"


The Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel is centrally located in Hilo, Hawaii which is on the east side of the Big Island. One of the most affordable accommodations in town with free Wi-Fi and Hawaiian Style Continental Breakfast. We offer many different levels of comfort including regular hotel rooms and indoor & outdoor hostels (private and dorm).

Come experience that old Hawaii island style ambiance and let us provide you with information that begins where the guidebooks stop.

A Travelers Inn

Do you want to visit the Hawaiian Islands, but not be part of the tourist crowd? Does your idea of the perfect Hawaiian trip include:
  • exploring the natural wonders of Hawaii
  • taking adventurous activities like hiking or surfing
  • self-guided tours with maps and directions
  • experiencing local style living
  • a place to just sleep and relax
  • a business that is family operated
  • If yes, then you've come to the right place.

    Old Hawaiian Island Style Ambiance

    The Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel has an old fashion country atmosphere that reflects its era. Originally, the building was a 1920's sugar cane plantation workers house. In the 1950's it was converted into an Inn with 27 private bedrooms with baths. In keeping with the original look and feel, you'll experience the Hawaiian laid back, simple living style with a relaxing ocean view. Although we have not completely updated to join the 21st century, some modern day comforts have been provided in a few upgraded rooms such as a cable TV, mini refrigerator, and microwave.

    Because the property is one block up from the ocean and slants uphill, the nearby ocean breeze provides a natural cooling effect at the inn. The building is positioned to catch the trade winds. Hilo, Hawaii is the windward side of the island and there is nothing to block the breeze except trees. Our grounds are tropical with bamboo and banana trees shading the building. There is no air conditioning here, but each room has a ceiling fan and cross ventilation.


        The Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel is very unique in that we pride ourselves in offering affordable lodging rates and the following ammenities:

  • Free Self Parking
  • Ohana Style Hospitality: Family owned, operated and occuppied for providing local hospitality.
  • Ocean View: You can feel the ocean breeze through our open and windowless lobby.
  • Free Wi-Fi: Free wireless interenet service in the lobby with the garden and ocean views.
  • Community Kitchen: If you want to try cooking your own favorite meals.
  • Tropical Garden: For picnic use or just to relax. When ripe you can also enjoy with us our different tropical fruits like bananas, longons, jackfruit, papaya and more.
  • Convenient Location: 2 blocks from downtown Hilo for grocery and tourist shopping and other attractions.

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        The Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel building was originally designed as living quarters for sugar cane plantation workers in the 1920's and transformed into an Inn in the 1950's.

        The Wild Ginger Inn Hotel & Hostel is located in Hilo, Hawaii city just off Hilo Bay and the Wailuku River. The city of Hilo is on the wet, green lush of the island where most of the local Hawaiian population lives. Hilo is not your typical tourist location, but rather a traveler's location where one looks for a place stay at reasonable price and to explore the island. Being in Hilo, Hawaii is like living in the Hawaiian past in the suburbs. In fact most of the buildings, streets and roads haven't changed much since the 1950's. This statement is also holds true for the Inn as well.

        Come and experience Hawaii as a local and be a part of the Ohana (family). We offer a chance to be close to nature while sleeping in a comfortable bed. We provide both a private bedroom and bathroom as well as hostel rooms.


  • Airport shuttle service is offered for $15 to be dropped off from the hotel to the Hilo airport.
  • Hilo airport is just 10 minutes away. Click here for more information.
  • Bus that goes around the island once a day. Click here for more information
  • Nearby Places

    Old Downtown Hilo, Hawaii

  • Hilo Farmers Market is a 5 minute walk and open Wednesdays and Saturdays. Click here for more information
  • It is about 5 minute walk to the Hilo Bay Front
  • The Palace Theater is 3 blocks away showing live performances and films. Click here for more information.
  • The Pacific Tsunami Museum is 4 blocks away. Click here for more information.
  • There are various restaurants within 6 blocks. Fast foods, Local cuisine, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Latin American, Mexican, Italian, American, Pacific Rim, natural foods and fresh seafood.
  • Exploring

  • Rainbow Falls is less than 5 minutes drive. Click here for more information.
  • Boiling Pots is less than 10 minutes drive.
  • Kaumana Caves is less than 15 minutes drive. Click here for more information.
  • Akaka Falls is less than 20 minutes drive.
  • Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens is less than 15 minutes away. Click here for more information.
  • University of Hawaii Hilo Campus is about 5 minutes drive. Click here for more information.
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is a 50 minute drive away. Click here for more information.
  • Beaches

  • Honoli'i Beach Park a popular surfing spot for locals.
  • Coconut Island Beach is a 5 minute drive. It has swimming, picnicking, fishing, a jogging/walking area, and a grassy volleyball area. There is also a view of downtown Hilo and the mountains (Mauna Kea)
  • Keaukaha Beach is a 10 minute drive and has surfing, boogy boarding, and kayaking. Also has a baby beach area.
  • Richardson Beach Park is a 15 minute drive and has surfing, snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing.