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Identification

Aloha Tower
Tower at Pier 9
128700

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Structure in General

observation tower
existing [completed]
art deco

Facts

  • Over 5,000 people visit the observation deck weekly.
  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and Hawaii Historic Landmarks in 1981.
  • During WWII the tower was painted in camouflage, which was not sandblasted off until 1947.
  • The tower clock, one of the largest in the United States, occupies the missing floor between the 9th floor office and the 10th floor observation deck.
  • Stands at exactly 184 feet 2 inches with a 40-foot "mast" topped by a time ball, symbolically intended to welcome mariners to Honolulu Harbor.
  • Aloha, structurally, is a slender, square-shaped, masonry building topped by a domed cupola with balconied openings on all four sides.
  • The tower re-opened in April 1999 following two years of extensive renovations.
  • When the clock strikes 4, shopping, food and drink specials signal "Happy Hour at the Tower".
  • The Aloha Tower was the center of controversy in the Territorial Legislature, even during its construction, and a 7-story compromise was suggested to those who wanted no tower at all.
  • Tallest tower in Hawaii for over 30 years until the opening of the Ala Moana Center in 1960.
  • Architecturally, the tower is a mix of Art Deco elements applied to traditional Gothic Revival.
  • The beacon on top can be seen 20 miles out at sea.
  • As a welcome, between each clock face and balcony the word "ALOHA" is etched in large letters.
  • The tower has a 12-foot diameter, 7-ton bronze clock on each of its four sides.
  • Only 24 visitors permitted on the observation deck at any one time.
  • Opened with special dedication ceremonies on September 11, 1926.
  • State Harbors Division has offices on the 9th floor.

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Location

1 Aloha Tower Drive
1 Aloha Tower Drive, foot of Fort Street in the Aloha Tower Marketplace
96813
Downtown
Honolulu
Hawaii
U.S.A.

Technical Data

224.20 ft
184.20 ft
10
1924
1926
1999
2
$190,000

Involved Companies

Arthur Reynolds

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
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