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Aloha Tower

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.


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Lodging Near Aloha Tower

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$170
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
4.2
of 5, from 10,595 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

With lush gardens, ponds, and waterfalls, this 22-acre Honolulu destination resort is fronted by several acres of Waikiki Beach; offers views of iconic Diamond Head Crater; a weekly Polynesian extravaganza includes traditional dance and fireworks.

$179
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel

Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel

1088 Bishop St, Honolulu
3.9
of 5, from 318 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Honolulu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Pacific University, Aloha Tower, and Hawaii State Capitol. Iolani Palace and Ala Moana Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Executive Centre In the Heart of Down Town Honolulu

Executive Centre In the Heart of Down Town Honolulu

1088 Bishop St, Honolulu
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Honolulu, this property is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Theater, Aloha Tower, and Hawaii State Capitol. Iolani Palace and Ala Moana Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$159
Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra

410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu
3.8
of 5, from 2,479 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Adjacent to the expansive Ala Moana Center shopping mall, this 2-tower hotel is across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center and 1 block from the family-friendly Ala Moana Beach Park.

2bedr 1bathr new Build 800sqft,close Lots of Restrant Market, Center of Honolul

2bedr 1bathr new Build 800sqft,close Lots of Restrant Market, Center of Honolul

825 Kamaka Ln, Honolulu
1.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in Western Honolulu, this property is within 2 mi (3 km) of Bishop Museum, Aloha Tower, and Hawaii State Capitol. Iolani Palace is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

$249
Prince Waikiki

Prince Waikiki

100 Holomoana St, Honolulu
4.3
of 5, from 372 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

At the gateway to Waikiki, this oceanfront hotel overlooks the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor and is 0.5 mile from the Ala Moana Center and less than 2 miles from Ala Moana Beach Park and Waikiki Beach.

$382
Trump International Hotel Waikiki

Trump International Hotel Waikiki

223 Saratoga Road, Honolulu
4.7
of 5, from 2,864 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Offering the world-class Trump lifestyle, this contemporary Honolulu hotel is just 1 block from the white sands of Waikiki Beach and the designer shops of Luxury Row. Diamond Head is 2 miles away.

$109
Pagoda Hotel

Pagoda Hotel

1525 Rycroft St, Honolulu
3.2
of 5, from 1,477 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Honolulu, the hotel is blocks from Ala Moana Shopping Center, 0.5 mi (1 km) from Ala Moana Beach Park and the Hawaii Convention Center, and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Waikiki Beach.