Aloha Tower, Oahu

Aloha Tower

  • Name: Aloha Tower
  • What: A historic landmark and port with a shopping and dining marketplace
  • Where: 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, but this historic place has also transformed into the revitalized Aloha Tower Marketplace: a mixed-use space now part of Hawaii Pacific University, featuring student residences, meeting space, community event areas, and a variety of restaurants. Enjoy an ocean-view lunch, listen tolive music at night, explore its unique shops or walk just a couple of blocks toChinatown’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 harbor on one side and the cityscape of Honolulu on the other.