Aloha! My introduction to Hostels came during my final year at University. Icelandic Airlines to Luxembourg, train to Geneva, then Innsbruck for some skiing.
I always had in mind the title to a Hemingway short story; "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place".
Later in life during Sailmaking days, I was at a Hostel while sailing in the Olympic Sailing Regatta at Kingston, Ontario. There I adopted John and Mary Munn as "Ohana Grandparents" after their exceptional care over a 4 year period, and they responded with a living room recital by one of their University Student Boarders, on a Stradivarius!
Much later I travelled to Hostels at Whitstable, Kent (GB) and on to a Tornado Catamaran World Championship at Travemunde on the Baltic Sea. Then a Sidney Harbor 18 Footer World Championship, and a visit to Auckland, NZ shopping for a Bruce Farr "Quarter-Tonner" to race. All done in reasonable comfort and at minimal expense.
My hosts and surroundings seemed so generous, so warm and welcoming, so "family".
Way later, when I married, I graduated to Bed & Breakfast Inns for travels through New Zealand and Alaska, then ran one here in Kona for a few years (3 Bears B&B).
I've been re-building a '40's vintage "Sugar Shack" here in Kona, over a period of years and years, into a place where I truly enjoy spending my time.
With my daughter on her way out the door to college, I'd like to establish a reputation for hospitality of my own, so I don't miss her too much while she's away.
I've also been building a private library for many years and literally "raised the roof" to accommodate my growing collection which now extends along one wall and up 14' to the ridge beam. There's a reading loft up there, a fine lookout over the old wagon trail and into my coffee and green tea orchard. Great perch for sunset, too.
The house is full of artifacts from my travels, "My Reliquery" I call it, since it's full of collectibles of nearly "incalculable value", and that's not meant to mean "valuable" to anyone else...
Since memories are countless, I consider myself a millionaire. "Milllionaire of the Mind", perhaps, but one who "Lives in the Na'au", a Hawaiian concept I'll be pleased to discuss further, upon your arrival?