Located on Pier 9 on Honolulu Harbor, Aloha Tower is considered one of the premier tourist destinations in the city of Honolulu and one of the most iconic symbols of Hawaii. Built in 1926, the tower stands at over ten stories. It was the first tallest building in Hawaii and serves as one of its most iconic symbols. The Aloha Tower gained strategic significance after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The tower was restored in 1994 and now looms over the harbor and serves as a welcoming feature to ships and tourists alike. Aloha Tower tours offer something for everybody.
The Aloha Tower features an observation deck located on its 10th floor. Visitors are allowed entrance to the observation deck from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. There is no entrance fee. The tower has a vintage feel and guests are whisked away to the 1940’s upon entering the elevator. Guests are treated to views from each of the fours sides of the tower. Each view is unique, with one side offering views of the city and harbor, another downtown Honolulu and Kaka’ako and another the Kapalama Channel and Waianae Mountain Range. Snap a picture wit panoramic views of Kaka’ak and downtown Honolulu
One of the most talked about features of the Aloha Tower Marketplace are the dining choices. There are several different restaurants to choose from. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant offers great food, ocean views, and, on select evenings, live music and other fun events. Nashville Waikiki is a late night dive featuring western line dancing, live music, and BBQ and there is The Old Spaghetti Factory for those looking to please their palate with an Italian meal.
Hawaii Pacific University
Aloha Tower Marketplace is a mixed-use center, having retail options as well as serving as part of the campus for Hawaii Pacific University. The marketplace serves as a centerpiece to the university, combining an educational environment, living quarters and social spaces with the vibrant community of Aloha Tower. This provides a unique and diverse experience to those visiting the marketplace. HPU’s urban location encourages active, experiential learning and serves as a gathering place for Honolulu’s intellectual and cultural scene.
Before visiting the Aloha Tower, remember to bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen as well as comfortable walking shoes. Most vendors accept credit and debit cards, but it is advised to bring some cash for those who don’t.
Getting to Aloha Tower
The Aloha Tower is just 15 minutes from Downtown Honolulu, Chinatown, and area hotels. Visitors to Hawaii can get to Aloha Tower by bus or car; however, an enhanced experience can be provided by booking a tour with IMI Tours. IMI offers Aloha Tower tours that are safe and dependable and guides that are knowledgeable and passionate about their work. You can contact IMI to book your tour by using our online form. Happy touring!!
Before you go, there are a few Aloha Tower tips:
- Always bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen
- Bring a water bottle
- Bring comfortable walking shoes
- Take your camera and your sense of adventure