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Aloha Tower in Honolulu on Oahu

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Aloha Tower

Aloha Tower was completed in 1926 at a cost of $190,000 and was the largest structure in Hawaii. Today Aloha Tower is one of the most recognized buildings in Hawaii and ranks with Diamond Head as one of the most popular landmarks. After the attack at Pearl Harbor, the Coast Guard ordered the cutter USCGC Taney to take up defensive positions in order to keep the tower from being occupied.

Also throughout the remainder of the war the tower was painted in camouflage in order to appear to disappear at night. Aloha tower stands an impressive 184 feet tall with an additional 40 feet of flag mast, it also boasts an observation deck on the tenth floor. Aloha Tower is located on Pier 9 and has stood as a welcome beacon to vessels entering the City and County of Honolulu, much like the Statue of Liberty stands at Ellis Island.

When originally constructed as a lighthouse, it was attached to three warehouse buildings, one on each side. Aloha Tower now stands alone as a proud symbol of Honolulu's new waterfront. Aloha tower continues to act as the Harbor Master's traffic control center, and in 1982 the Hawaii Maritime Center was opened near aloha tower in order to benefit the states commercial trade industry that was based at Honolulu Harbor.

Aloha tower is owned by the state of Hawaii and is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places. The observation deck on the tenth floor is open to the public and is free to access. Once up on the deck, vast sweeping views of Honolulu are available. There are signs to help point out various landmarks that can be seen from this area. The observation deck is open from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.