Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii when it was completed in 1926 at a cost of $190,000 and remained the tallest structure for over 40 years. It is now the most recognized building in the state and second only to Diamond Head as Hawaii’s most famous landmark. Symbolizing Hawaii’s Aloha Spirit, Aloha Tower continues to function as the Harbor Master’s traffic control center for Honolulu Harbor and serves as a welcoming landmark for both cruise ships and container vessels. It is also a popular visitor attraction with elevator service to the tenth floor observation deck, boasting spectacular views of Diamond Head, Honolulu Harbor, Downtown Honolulu and the Ko’olau Mountains. Owned by the State of Hawai‘i and listed on both the Hawai‘i and national Registers of Historic Places. When the Aloha Tower Clock was installed in 1926, it was by far the biggest clock in the Territory of Hawai‘i, and one of the largest in the United States. Made with precise German movement by the E. Howard Clock Company of Boston, the seven ton clock is still weight driven, its pendulum keeping rhythmic time.The clock on Aloha Tower can be seen from many vantage points in the Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Visiting the Aloha Tower Observation Deck:
The best way up to the 10th floor observation deck is via a small, vintage elevator. Once at the top you’ll be greeted with sweeping views of Honolulu and signage which points out the various landmarks. The observation deck is open to the public daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is FREE!