Aloha Tower, Oahu
During the great ocean liner era (called great by people who are way older than us and who had both the time and money to afford to travel by ocean liner), Aloha Tower was the landmark that visitors first saw when they reached Oahu. Their ship would pull into a pier beside the tower, built in the 1920's, their trunks would be unloaded into a waiting taxi and they'd head off to the Royal Hawaiian for a leisurely and proper vacation.
Of course, jet travel happily made ocean liner travel obselete, and Aloha Tower soon became passe. However, following the model of Baltimore and Boston, Honolulu decided to spruce up the old Aloha Tower waterfront area by adding a marketplace of shops and restaurants. Now you can by kitschy souvenirs, expensive original oil paintings or clothes for your pets among the hundred or so stores here. When you're tired, you can perk yourself up with a Starbucks, grab a mai tai at Don Ho's or a beer at Gordon Bierch or even some wings at Hawaii's only Hooters.
I can't understand how Hooters makes money in Hawaii. If you are looking to see female skin, there are many better places to go (like any Waikiki street or the beach every day). In fact, the Hooters waitresses often are wearing more clothes than the women that they are serving. Are people actually going here for the food?
Aloha Tower Marketplace is ideal for shopping, and also for going to the top of the tower to see panoramic views around Honolulu.
It is nice to sit out on a lanai on many of the market place oceanfront eateries and just while away the time.
The tower was built in l926 .
What to buy: As there are approximately 80 shops within the Aloha Tower Marketplace there are many items to purchase. There are a few restaurants here also, so you can rest, eat drink, and shop some more.