Aloha Tower, a Historic Icon and a Landmark for HPU’s Campus, Turns 93 on Sept 11

Completed in 1926 and standing at 184-feet tall, Aloha Tower was at one time the tallest building in Hawai‘i. It was constructed to house various government offices, including the Harbor Master’s office. At the top level on the tenth floor, an observation deck was included as well as a lookout for harbor pilots. At the point of the observation deck, the word “ALOHA” was etched on the walls of the structure to greet visitors entering Honolulu Harbor. The tower was seen as a symbol of welcome by thousands of ship passengers who arrived on O‘ahu in the days before mass air travel. Write-up by Associate Professor of History Douglas Askman, Ph.D.