Aloha Tower

aloha tower

Aloha Tower and Around

Aloha Tower was completed in 1926 and at 184′ 2″ (10 stories) it was the tallest building in Hawaii up until the early 1960’s.  Originally built as a light house and to serve as the harbor masters control center, today it serves as one of Hawaii’s most recognized land marks.  Just to look at the building, the Aloha spirit is obvious.  Today, the area surrounding the tower is also a popular spot with the addition of The Aloha Tower Marketplace.


aloha tower marketplaceAloha Tower Marketplace surrounds Aloha Tower and is in a Mediterranean style of architecture with an influence of 1930’s and 1940’s Honolulu.  Many unique and one of a kind shops help to occupy the 182,000 square feet of leasable space.  At the entrance to the Marketplace you will be greeted by a bronze hula sculpture which was created by Pegge Hopper.  Next to the Marketplace is the main docking area for the increasing number of cruise ships arriving in Honolulu.  At various times during the week you can see these cruise ships with their many passengers.

ALOHA in Aloha Tower

Akahai kindness to be expressed with tenderness

Lōkahi unity, to be expressed with harmony

‘Olu’olu agreeable, to be expressed with pleasantness

Ha’aha’a humility, to be expressed with modesty

Ahonui patience, to be expressed with perseverance

                    Hawai'i Revised Statutes 5-7.5

falls of clideHawai’i Maritime Center. Originally built as the King Kalākaua Boathouse, this now provides you the opportunity to explore Hawaii’s maritime history.  The center offers an audio (Sony Walkman) tour of the center.  Here you will see a gigantic humpback whale skeleton, one of only two in the world.  See the Hōkūle’a, a Polynesian sailing canoe which made history by retracing the journey’s made by ancient Hawaiians throughout the South Pacific.  You can also board the “Falls of Clide”, the only remaining iron hulled, four-masted, full-rigged sailing ship in the world. Admission.

This has been our look at Aloha Tower and the area around it.  Next we’ll journey into the city and have a look at Iolani Palace and more.