Before the era of chartered flights, sea travel was the common choice to come to Honolulu. And all the ships came into Honolulu Harbor and docked alongside the famous tower marked “ALOHA”.
This tower (which is also a lighthouse) opened on 29 September,1929. Since this date, the tower has been a landmark not only to navigators, but to millions of people who have come through Hawaii.
When I was an Elementary school child in the 70s, cruise ships were still finding their way into the harbor.But their frequency had already sharply declined. I had a glimpse of the enormity of a cruise ship on a school field trip to Aloha tower, when our teachers negotiated a quick passage for our class on the deck and lobby.
But by the time I grew up and had enough money to travel, it was too late. I would never know this glamour era of cruise ships to and from Honolulu.
Here are a few pics of the tower and up on that 10th floor deck :
Looking towards Diamond Head. Below is the Falls of Clyde, an old Scottish vessel.
What beautiful views from on top. I’m so glad that the tower’s deck is still open since all these years.It is free of charge for all to enjoy the view from the top.
Because Aloha tower would not be the same without that ride up.