HONOLULU -- The Aloha Tower, a 10-story Honolulu landmark, reopened
to the public after being closed for two years for renovation.
The 180-foot tower at Honolulu Harbor was Hawaii's tallest
building when in opened in 1926. That distinction disappeared long
ago as it became dwarfed by downtown high rises.
Then, in 1994, the two-story Aloha Tower Marketplace opened with
more than 80 specialty stores, restaurants and bars. With its
surroundings cleared of the terminal and warehouse buildings that
had sprouted around it, the tower again became a focal point.
In 1997 it closed for an $800,000 renovation that included new
handicapped-accessible rest rooms, emergency exits and security
cameras. Following its recent rededication and reopening, visitors
can again tour the tower, ending with the harbor view from the 10th
floor observation deck. They also can see the clock mechanism,
which takes up an area below the observation deck between the ninth
and 10th floors (the clock itself has faces that are more than 12
feet in diameter). Gone are the offices of the state's harbor
division, which previously took up much of the tower's space.
The symbol that once greeted passengers of ocean liners -- and
now cruise ships -- has a history of its own. It was controversial
when it was built (because of the cost); it was strafed by a lone
Japanese plane on Dec. 7, 1941, and during the war was painted in
The tower is open daily 9 a.m. to sunset; admission is free and
there are free 20-minute guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For further information, check the Aloha Tower Marketplace's Web
site at www.alohatower.com. The site includes photos that can
be downloaded, links to island live-cams and information on the
tower (including views from the observation deck). Also included is
information on the marketplace, its attractions, day cruises from
its piers and a monthly schedule of events, including free
entertainment.Hawaiian Attractions group hands out discounts to
HONOLULU -- The Hawaii Attractions Association compiled a list
of its members' travel agent discount rates.
Included are a special agent rate of $39 for Atlantis Submarines
excursions, and admission prices of $6 for the Hawaii Maritime
Center; $4.25 at Waikiki's Imax Theater; $12 at both Sea Life Park
and Waimea Falls Park, and free admission at Bishop Museum. Package
discounts of 50% are offered at both Kualoa Ranch and Paradise Cove
Agent discounts at retailers include 20% off at Hilo Hattie
(excludes food and sale items) and 35% at Maui Diver's Jewelry
Design Center (excludes sale items). The offers are available
through Dec. 31 and agents must present a business card or Iatan
card on check-in.
Hawaii Attractions Association
Phone: (808) 596-7733
Fax: (808) 596-2277