Thursday, April 26, 2012

Enjoy the view at Aloha Tower

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Built in 1926, the tower is the second most famous landmark in the state of Hawaii, if not the tallest as well.
The Aloha Tower is a 10-storey building and stands at 184 feet(56 metres) high; overlooking the Honolulu Harbor and its surrounding areas.

At its height, it is also the traffic control center for the Harbor Master of Honolulu as it provides a strategic view over the piers and docking harbors as it beckons ships and greets visitors with a warm welcome as the gigantic ships approach the harbor in its heydays.
Image Hosted by PicturePush - Photo Sharing Image Hosted by PicturePush - Photo Sharing A symbol of the Aloha spirit, which was probably the reason behind the name given to the tower, the tower stands at a staggering height of pride and joy of Hawaii at the harbor, and receives the incoming ships and its visitors into the state.

The tower is also a lighthouse in its own way, as it guides the incoming vessels with its traffic control functions and its height.
The tower played its role in the famous Pearl Harbor attack, as it was ordered to be protected from occupation on that fateful day and was even painted to 'disappear' into the darkness of the night; as it is a vulnerable landmark due to it being a tall building in the city of Honolulu where it was all surrounded by the sea.

Besides its functions, the Aloha Tower is also a popular tourist attraction to enjoy the scenic view of the city and the harbor and from the top floor (10th floor).

Enjoy the spectacular views of the harbor and the city from all the four balconies/corners; which offer a different view respectively.
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Earlier views from the tower in the past
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Originally attached to three buildings on its side, the Aloha Tower underwent extensive renovation in the year 1994 to include the marketplace and also the esplanade area; giving the good old tower a major and contemporary facelift.
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Aloha Tower Marketplace, as it is known today, is one of the most popular destinations for shopping and leisure in downtown Honolulu and one of the must go, for the spectacular views from the top floor of the tower, the charming history of the place and also for souvenir/window shopping and even grab a bite as you go.
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To find out more about the marketplace, stay tune for the next post....

To be continued...

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