Aloha Tower

Aloha Tower featuring a marina
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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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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 $202 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$202
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
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! (735 reviews)
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"Awesome room, great city views from the 20th floor. Each floor is small enough you don't feel like you're in a high rise hotel but rather a high end condo. Pool and hot tub was nice. Finding the front desk was the only issue with a 3 minute loading zone on the main floor and the lobby down a floor. ..."

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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
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The price is $209 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
$209
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,337 reviews)
"excellent"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2022

Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra
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 $282 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4
$282
per night
Dec 3 - Dec 4
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (4,112 reviews)
"My trip was amazing."

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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4 out of 5
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4.5 out of 5
100 Holomoana St, Honolulu, HI, 96815
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4.5 out of 5
1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI, 96815
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3 out of 5
150 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
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5 out of 5
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3 out of 5
2058 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
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