Aloha Tower

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.

Top Hotels Close to Aloha Tower

Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
3 out of 5
1088 Bishop St, Honolulu, HI, 96813
The price is ¥32,480 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 30
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
4/5 Very Good! (697 reviews)
"The view was amazing! Very polite and clean."

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2022

Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥32,480 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
Stay at this business-friendly condo in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. Popular attractions Honolulu Harbor and Ala Moana Center are ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Great spot!
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Reviewed on Mar 7, 2022

Heart of Downtown Honolulu
2 BEDROOM 2200 SQ FT PENTHOUSE LOFT SLEEPS 6
2 BEDROOM 2200 SQ FT PENTHOUSE LOFT SLEEPS 6
Honolulu, HI
Stay at this family-friendly condo in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a water park, and a spa tub. Popular attractions Honolulu Harbor and Ala Moana Center are located ...
3.6/5 Good! (8 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jan 3, 2022

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Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96814
The price is ¥29,083 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 8
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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, 96813
The price is ¥32,480 per night from Jul 29 to Jul 30
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Heart of Downtown Honolulu
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The price is ¥32,480 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
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2 BEDROOM 2200 SQ FT PENTHOUSE LOFT SLEEPS 6
Honolulu, HI
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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥48,651 per night from Jul 9 to Jul 10
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥39,574 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 4
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Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger
4 out of 5
2300 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥40,532 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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Prince Waikiki
Prince Waikiki
4.5 out of 5
100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥61,033 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
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Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is ¥62,378 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
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