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Illuminating the Past with Aloha Tower Marketplace

We love our Star of Honolulu home situated at Pier 8 of Aloha Tower Marketplace. Lauded as the most recognizable building in all of Hawaii, Aloha Tower is one of the most iconic symbols of Hawaii, embodying the warm aloha spirit that welcomes visitors every day.

Constructed in September 1926, Aloha Tower was once the tallest building in Hawaii, equipped with both a lookout station and a separate observatory for harbor pilots. The lighthouse also operated as a navigational landmark, and was often regarded as Honolulu’s very own “Statue of Liberty.”

Though no longer exclusively an observatory or lighthouse, Aloha Tower still stands as a recognizable landmark for residents and visitors alike. In addition to our Star of Honolulu docking port at Pier 8, the Aloha Tower area also houses Hawaii Pacific University’s student residences and community study spaces, as well as a variety of beloved local restaurants. The observation deck at the top floor is still open to the public, offering picturesque views of downtown Honolulu and the Hawaii coastline.

The next time you join us for a cruise, take a moment to explore all that the historic Aloha Tower Marketplace has to offer!

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