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Aloha Tower
Vacation Travel Guide

Aloha Tower featuring a marina
Head to the top of one of Hawai’i’s most iconic buildings for remarkable bird’s-eye views of Honolulu on one side and the ocean on the other. 

Many people who couldn’t recognize any other Hawaiian building could identify Aloha Tower, the distinctive landmark that was the highest building in these islands for many years. Today, it’s lost its title to the modern skyscrapers that have sprung up in Honolulu, but it remains one of the most historically important and architecturally interesting sights in the town. While here, be sure to explore the shops, restaurants and residences at its base.

Aloha Tower was built in 1926 as a mark of Honolulu’s status as a major port. Its architecture is an unusual mix of styles, combining ornate Gothic elements with the clear, straight lines of the art deco style most commonly associated with the period. Travelers aboard approaching ships would see this imposing building before they could clearly see anything else on the land. 

Visit the tower to get a new perspective on Honolulu’s past and present. Admire the historic craftsmanship of the building’s exterior, then make your way up to the observation deck to take in some incredible panoramic views of the area. Pick out Honolulu’s most famous landmarks in the city spread below you on one side or turn and gaze out across the ocean, all the way to the horizon. 

Down below, explore the Aloha Tower Marketplace, a multipurpose area that combines shops, event spaces and restaurants. This is a great spot for people-watching, as it also houses the residences associated with Hawai’i Pacific University and there are usually students milling around. Sip on a cold drink at a café with an ocean view, browse the shops or check what events are on. In the evenings, try to see a live performance here if you can. It’s a memorable way to experience Honolulu’s very particular ambiance. 

Find Aloha Tower easily from anywhere in Downtown Honolulu. Just walk towards the oceanfront and look for a striking building rising high above most others. If you’re staying in Waikiki, reach it in around 15 minutes by car. A visit to this emblem of Hawaiian history and culture will change your view of these islands, in more ways than one.

Head to the top of one of Hawai’i’s most iconic buildings for remarkable bird’s-eye views of Honolulu on one side and the ocean on the other. 

Many people who couldn’t recognize any other Hawaiian building could identify Aloha Tower, the distinctive landmark that was the highest building in these islands for many years. Today, it’s lost its title to the modern skyscrapers that have sprung up in Honolulu, but it remains one of the most historically important and architecturally interesting sights in the town. While here, be sure to explore the shops, restaurants and residences at its base.

Aloha Tower was built in 1926 as a mark of Honolulu’s status as a major port. Its architecture is an unusual mix of styles, combining ornate Gothic elements with the clear, straight lines of the art deco style most commonly associated with the period. Travelers aboard approaching ships would see this imposing building before they could clearly see anything else on the land.

Visit the tower to get a new perspective on Honolulu’s past and present. Admire the historic craftsmanship of the building’s exterior, then make your way up to the observation deck to take in some incredible panoramic views of the area. Pick out Honolulu’s most famous landmarks in the city spread below you on one side or turn and gaze out across the ocean, all the way to the horizon.

Down below, explore the Aloha Tower Marketplace, a multipurpose area that combines shops, event spaces and restaurants. This is a great spot for people-watching, as it also houses the residences associated with Hawai’i Pacific University and there are usually students milling around. Sip on a cold drink at a café with an ocean view, browse the shops or check what events are on. In the evenings, try to see a live performance here if you can. It’s a memorable way to experience Honolulu’s very particular ambiance.

Find Aloha Tower easily from anywhere in Downtown Honolulu. Just walk towards the oceanfront and look for a striking building rising high above most others. If you’re staying in Waikiki, reach it in around 15 minutes by car. A visit to this emblem of Hawaiian history and culture will change your view of these islands, in more ways than one.

Top Hotels Close to Aloha Tower

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥18,637 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Ala Moana, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,255 reviews)
"This location was perfect."

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Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
3 out of 5
1088 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,048 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Downtown Honolulu, this hotel is steps from Hawaii Pacific University and Hawaii Theater. Honolulu Harbor and Iolani Palace are also within 5 ...
4/5Very Good! (594 reviews)
"The location is perfect, minutes away from shopping, food, and the Waikiki neighborhood. I appreciate that the pictures shown reflect how the room actually looks. I’ve witnessed the staff cleaning high touch surfaces areas which is a plus. I’d stay here again !"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
Honolulu, HI
Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Honolulu Harbor, Iolani Palace, and Aloha Tower Marketplace. Aloha Tower and Hawaii ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great stay
"We enjoyed our stay here! The place is well stocked and owner was very accommodating to our needs."

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2021

New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
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Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥18,637 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
3 out of 5
1088 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥23,048 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
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New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥19,740 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 22
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Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
3.5 out of 5
1088 Bishop Street #1201, Honolulu, HI
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
Spacious Downtown Executive Retreat Free Parking
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Downtown Honolulu Suite-near Ala Moana Beach!
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Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
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The price is ¥23,053 per night from Jun 26 to Jun 26
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Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥44,002 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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