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.
Caption below: Photo taken of Walker Park looking towards the pier where the oceanliners dock.
Caption of photo below & top of page: This shows Aloha Tower as it is seen from the Honolulu downtown business district.
HISTORICAL BUILDINGS IN DOWNTOWN HONOLULU
If you are interested in other historical sites and buildings in downtown Honolulu,