Video View from the Aloha Tower towards downtown Honolulu, Hawaii

Real Estate Broker/Owner with (831) 626-4000 CA #01772851 HI #RB-21268

Have you recently gone up to the top of the Aloha Tower while you were in Honolulu? It's really a terrific view over Honolulu Harbor, the downtown skyline, over Kakaako, Sand Island, and out to the Pacific Ocean. Often you might catch an oceanliner docked at the Aloha Tower for a day, but not today. It was all quiet around the waterfront on this absolutely beautiful afternoon.

And, yes, the skyline has changed dramatically with a lot of new apartment and commercial highrises with fabulous views out over the ocean. So today, I thought I would turn the tables, and look back at THEM.

Below is a video that I took from the top of Aloha Tower today.


Site of the Honolulu Fort (Kekuanohu) 1816, Demolished 1857

When I crossed Likelike Highway back into the downtown area, I came to Walker Park,  a Memorial Park with plaques in memory of H. Alexander Walker, Sr., his wife, Puma, and son Henry Walker, Jr. whom I used to work for back in the 1970s. Actually, I was hired by Amfac back in 1970 to be the public relations and advertising director for one of its subsidiaries, Island Holidays Resorts which the company had just purchased from Gus and Grace Guslander. But it was Mr. Walker, the CEO of Amfac, who made sure that my advertising in such publications as TIME and NEWSWEEK gave the proper recognition to its parent company. And when I finally left in 1978 to open up my own public relations office, it was Mr. Walker who sent me the biggest flower arrangement that I have ever received then or since! He was a fine boss.

Henry Walker Jr. Memorial Plaque in Walker Park Honolulu

Caption below: Photo taken of Walker Park looking towards the pier where the oceanliners dock. 

Walker Memorial Park in downtown Honolulu

Caption of photo below & top of page: This shows Aloha Tower as it is seen from the Honolulu downtown business district.

Walker Memorial Park in downtown Honolulu


If you are interested in other historical sites and buildings in downtown Honolulu,

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Hella Mitschke Rothwell, Broker/Owner/REALTOR 


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Comments (11)

Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Hella, what a great idea taking video from the top of the building.  It gives so much more rounded of a picture than a still photo.  I like your photo with the fountain too.

Sep 03, 2013 05:18 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Wonderful video and the photos are great as well. Thank you for sharing the history lesson with all of us.

Sep 03, 2013 05:25 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Lisa: I've been wanting to get some shots of some of the apartment buildings, and it's tough from the ground. And from the Aloha Tower I was able to get some great panoramic videos.

Joe: There are still so many more stories, endless really. I'll get to them bit by bit. Right now the downtown/Chinatown really fascinates me.

Sep 03, 2013 05:31 PM
Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI, SRES
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker
Wow. I was in Honolulu back in 1974. The skyline has certainly changed.
Sep 03, 2013 05:33 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Gary: The whole downtown area has been revitalized and is fabulous to both work and live. Historical buildings have been renovated and restored. There is theater, restaurants, art galleries to enjoy in the evenings as well, where in the past, the town would empty out at the end of the day. You need to come back and see it now.

Sep 03, 2013 05:41 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Hella loved the video, I could hear the winds from that high up:), Endre

Sep 04, 2013 09:30 AM
Julie A. Black
KAUAI DREAMS REALTY Kauai Real Property Specialist - Kapaa, HI
CLHMS, CRS, GRI, Realtor, Broker

Wow how nice to see a plaque dedicated to your former boss. He must of been a remarkable man.

Sep 04, 2013 10:51 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Endre: Those are the wonderful Tradewinds.

Julie: He was very much respected in the business community as is expressed on that plaque.  

Sep 04, 2013 05:04 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hella, The photo opportunities are so endless where you are. I never tire of seeing the blue skies from the ground up or at the top of the building.

Sep 04, 2013 10:40 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Debbie: You are right, there is so much to photograph and write about, it's almost overwhelming. Will need to do more in and around downtown. Stay tuned.

Sep 05, 2013 03:51 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Hella glad you shared your video, nice to see views from up high, and your photos were beautiful.

Sep 05, 2013 01:26 PM