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Aloha Tower, Oahu


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Quick Facts

  • Name: Aloha Tower
  • What: A historic landmark and port with a shopping and dining marketplace
  • Where: 15 minutes east of Waikiki near Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown


Located on the Honolulu Harbor in Downtown Honolulu, about 15 minutes west of Waikiki, Aloha Tower is an iconic symbol of Hawaii. Built in September of 1926, this was the tallest building in the islands for four decades and its clock was one of the largest in the United States. The tower stood as a welcoming beacon for visitors since travel to Oahu was done entirely by sea. Duke Kahanamoku set his first swimming world record here at Pier 7 and the wharf was also known for Boat Days, a lively celebration to welcome the arrival of visiting ships.

Today, Aloha Tower is still a docking port for Oahu’s cruise ships, with this historic place currently undergoing renovations. Enjoy an ocean-view lunch, listen to live music at night, and walk just a couple of blocks to Chinatown’s art district. You can also go up to the Observation Deck, located on the 10th floor of Aloha Tower to find the perfect spot for beautiful views of the harbour on one side and the cityscape of Honolulu on the other.