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Aloha Tower
Vacation Travel Guide

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
The price is $254 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4

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! (580 reviews)

"I chose the hotel due to its location near an event. Turned out to be a great place. Our suite was very clean and comfortable. The price was reasonable as well."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

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Honolulu Family Retreat, 1 Mile to Ala Moana Beach, 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu Family Retreat, 1 Mile to Ala Moana Beach, 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this historic apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Honolulu Harbor, Iolani Palace, and Aloha Tower Marketplace. Aloha ...

Honolulu Family Retreat, 1 Mile to Ala Moana Beach, 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu Condo on 26th Floor W/ocean Views & Lanai
Honolulu Condo on 26th Floor W/ocean Views & Lanai
Honolulu, HI
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Located in Downtown Honolulu, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Iolani Palace and Honolulu Harbor. Aloha Tower and Aloha Tower Marketplace are ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great, comfortable stay

"We were here for a few days of vacation and then here for a month of work. The beds are really comfortable, the kitchen is well stocked and the balcony was a great way to sit and relax after the show at night. The pool and BBQ area are a great treat. The location is great- close to beaches with out ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2019

Honolulu Condo on 26th Floor W/ocean Views & Lanai
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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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 $254 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
Aston at the Executive Centre Hotel
Honolulu Family Retreat, 1 Mile to Ala Moana Beach, 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu Family Retreat, 1 Mile to Ala Moana Beach, 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Family Retreat, 1 Mile to Ala Moana Beach, 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu Condo on 26th Floor W/ocean Views & Lanai
Honolulu Condo on 26th Floor W/ocean Views & Lanai
Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Condo on 26th Floor W/ocean Views & Lanai
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
Honolulu, HI
New! Upscale Downtown Honolulu Condo w/ Balcony!
Dwtn Honolulu Retreat - 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Dwtn Honolulu Retreat - 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Honolulu, HI
Dwtn Honolulu Retreat - 3 Miles to Waikiki Beach!
Downtown Honolulu Condo W/balcony - Ala Moana 3 Mi
Downtown Honolulu Condo W/balcony - Ala Moana 3 Mi
Honolulu, HI
Downtown Honolulu Condo W/balcony - Ala Moana 3 Mi
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is $158 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 16
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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
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Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
Honolulu, HI
The price is $159 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
Heart of Downtown Honolulu
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