Living in Downtown Honolulu
The Central Business District is where you will find the headquarters of many Hawaii-based companies and skyscrapers such as the Alexander & Baldwin Building, First Hawaiian Center, Hawaiian Electric Building and Hawaiian Telcom Building. You will also find the YWCA and Hawaii Pacific University here.
Located between Nuuanu Stream and Nuuanu Avenue, Chinatown is filled with ethnic eateries, lei stands, fresh produce vendors, herbal shops and more. A small section on Nuuanu Avenue has become an Arts District and is home to cultural institutions, performing arts venues such as the historic Hawaii Theatre, galleries and arts events.
The focal point of the waterfront area Aloha Tower Marketplace, the only place in the country that combines a visitor attraction (Aloha Tower), shops, restaurants, and a working commercial harbor facility. Aloha Tower was once the tallest building in Hawaii when it was erected in 1926 to welcome passenger ships arriving at Honolulu Harbor. Architects designed the Marketplace to complement its location at Honolulu Harbor, even going as far as selecting a special shade of green for the roof tiles to blend in with the waterfront.