Aloha Tower, Honolulu
This 10 floor towers is located right on the oceanfront, You can enjoy a nice ocean views. Now the Aloha Tower Marketplace, is a popular shopping and dining complex fronting Honolulu Harbor. The Aloha Tower’s observation deck remains open to the public daily from 9:30 a.m. to sunset. Admission is free.
Aloha Tower is a striking lighthouse located at Honolulu Harbour. It was built in the 1920s to welcome people to the beautiful island. It was the tallest building in Honolulu for decades, standing at 10 storeys high. This is clearly no longer the case, but the building is still impressive and beautiful to look at. The style is so thoroughly 1920s and nothing has been done to alter the style of it, which I really appreciate. There is an observation deck at the top (after a very slow elevator ride), free of charge, open daily from 9am to 5pm. The tower is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The tower is surrounded by the Aloha Marketplace, a breezy open air market with shops and restaurants. We wandered through the marketplace a little bit, went to the observation deck and took in the lovely views, then had dinner on the pier and watched the sun go down. It was the perfect way to spend our last evening in Hawaii before we had to catch our plane.
Built in the early 20th century as a sign of welcome to the many ships that brought mainland tourists by the thousands, the Aloha Tower will retains its symbolic feeling of the island spirit of aloha. When finished it was the tallest building in Honolulu, now long since dwarfed by many nearby downtown office buildings and the hotels a few miles east in Waikiki. When airplane travel replaced ships as the primary means of getting to the Islands, the Aloha Tower and surrounding area began to fall into a state of neglect. However the tower is now an anchor for the Aloha Tower Marketplace and the area is again a happening place.
Visitors can go up to the observation level and take in a bird's eye view of the surrounding harbor and downtown skyline. Admission is free. Hours are 9am-5pm.
I have always liked The Tower . There are a lot of small shops, a few good restaurants and some very nice live music happening there. The buildings are not that old and the atmosphere is mellow.
Aloha Tower and its Market Place are a great place to shop, eat, drink, watch the ships in the harbor, and tour the Tower.
The Tower was build in 1926 and was the tallest structure in Honolulu at the time. The surrounding area was in disrepair until 1994 when the Market Place was built. It is now a showplace.
Take the elevator to the top of the tower. Here there are 4 balconies that look out in different directions (with great explanation plaques) for great views of Honolulu and the harbor, the airport runway, and the Market Place.
My grandmother was interesting in taking pictures of this tower. We passed it on the tour. I think I would have liked to go up to the observation deck to take photos (which is free and we could have come on the bus), but from the ship was the next best thing. We got a view also when we flew out (photo 2)
On our city tour, the guide said that the Japanese bombed the Aloha Tower also as they didn't know that it wasn't also a control tower. The tower dates from 1926 and was the tallest tallest structure in Hawaii when it was completed. It is still a very famous landmark. When the Aloha Tower Clock was installed in 1926, it was the biggest clock in the Territory of Hawai‘i, and one of the largest in the United States.
I was interested in it as a lighthouse - originally a navigation light shown from the tower which was an important beacon for ships arriving in Honolulu. Located at the foot of Fort Street in downtown Honolulu, the site and tower open. The State of Hawaii owns it and it is managed by Aloha Tower Marketplace
Hours of Operation
Stores: Monday – Saturday, 9am to 9pm; Sunday 9am to 6pm
Restaurants: Daily 10am -2am (varies by restaurant)
The only way up to the 10th floor observation deck is via a small, vintage elevator.
The observation deck is open to the public daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
There are many nice restaurants in this shpping mall. If you are on a budget, there is also a food fair on the second floor where you can have some fast food for less than US$10 per person. The shopping here is mostly for tourists.
The Aloha Tower is a lovely piece of architecture. I am glad I got to visit this place, as it sure was worth it.
You can relax at one of the bars, and enjoy a drink and some finger food, while watching the boats pass by.
There's the Aloha Tower: among the most ancient monuments in Honolulu...it was
built in 1926 :PPPPP (u see, very ancient!!!!). From there you can reach China Town (yeah Honolulu too has China Town)
If you are not a swimmer, you can still enjoy the fish without getting in the water. We went to the Aloha Tower and parked at their facility and walked over to the tower and shops. In the harbor is a lot of sea life that you can actually see! Be sure to dawdle there awhile!
You will find some lovely stores in this walk through complex. I couldn't resist a bit of souvenir shopping while I was here.