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Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii, is a U.S. city that currently contains over 470 high-rises. In 2011 it ranked fourth among U.S. cities in the number of high rise buildings, after New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles, and just ahead of San Francisco. In 2017, it ranked sixth, having fallen behind Houston and Washington, D.C.

The first high rise that exceeded 350 ft was the Ala Moana Hotel built in 1970. The next high rise was the Yacht Harbor Towers followed by the Hawaii Monarch Hotel and the Discovery Bay Center. This was the beginning of the construction boom in the city. At the same time business and finance also boomed. During the 1990s new Residentials were built, including the One Waterfront Mauka Tower, Imperial Plaza, Nauru Tower and the Hawaiki Tower. There is still construction today on high rises such as the Moana Pacific East Tower and Moana Pacific West Tower twin towers, Keola Lai, Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana, Pacifica Honolulu, and The Watermark Waikiki.

Panorama of Honolulu's waterfront.

Tallest buildings

This list ranks Honolulu skyscrapers that stand at least 350 ft (110 m) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts. An equal sign (=) following a rank indicates the same height between two or more buildings.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floor Count Year Built Primary Tenants/Uses Notes Ref
1 First Hawaiian Center
First Hawaiian Center Tower in Honolulu, Hawaii USA.jpg
429 ft (131 m) 30 1996 First Hawaiian Bank, Office, Contemporary Art Museum Honolulu Current tallest building in Hawaii since 1996. World headquarters of First Hawaiian Bank.
2= The Collection The Collection under construction. (26083142210).jpg 422 ft (129 m) 43 2016 Residential
2= Moana Pacific East Tower Kayakers @ Waikiki (4909386571).jpg 422 ft (129 m) 46 2008 Residential, Honolulu Design Center Designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd.
2= Moana Pacific West Tower Kayakers @ Waikiki (4909386571).jpg 422 ft (129 m) 46 2008 Residential, Honolulu Design Center Designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd.
5 Keola Lai 419 ft (128 m) 42 2008 Residential
6= Hokua at 1288 Ala Moana Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, Honolulu.jpg 418 ft (127 m) 40 2006 Residential
6= Pacifica Honolulu
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418 ft (127 m) 46 2011 Residential Newest and tallest luxury Residential in the Ala Moana-Kakaako area. Designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd. Structural design by Baldridge and Associates Structural Engineering
6= The Waiea 418 ft (127 m) 36 2016 Residential
6= Waihonua at Kewalo Waihonua as seen from Punchbowl (23087298954).jpg 418 ft (127 m) 43 2015 Residential
10 Nauru Tower Ala Moana Beach Park, Magic Island, Honolulu.jpg 417 ft (127 m) 44 1992 Residential The first luxury Residential tower built in the Ala Moana district. Tallest building in Hawaii from 1992-1996. Designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd.
11= Ko'olani 416 ft (127 m) 47 2006 Residential
11= Ae'o 416 ft (127 m) 40 2018 Residential
13 Kapiolani Residence 415 ft (126 m) 45 2018 Residential
14= 801 South Street Building A 413 ft (126 m) / 125 m 46 2015 Residential
14= 801 South Street Building B 413 ft (126 m) / 125 m 46 2017 Residential
16= Ke Kilohana 400 ft (120 m) 43 2019 Residential
16= Symphony Honolulu Symphony under construction. (26330058796).jpg 400 ft (120 m) 40 2016 Residential New luxury Residential near the Blaisdell Center.
16= Hawaiki Tower 400 ft (120 m) 46 1999 Residential, KHON-TV
16= One Waterfront Mauka Tower
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400 ft (120 m) 45 1990 Residential Tallest buildings in Hawaii from 1990-1992.
16= One Waterfront Makai Tower
One Waterfront Towers.jpg
400 ft (120 m) 45 1990 Residential Tallest buildings in Hawaii from 1990-1992.
16= One Archer Lane 400 ft (120 m) 41 1998 Residential, KITV
16= Imperial Plaza The Imperial Plaza from Punchbowl (23689348806).jpg 400 ft (120 m) 40 1992 Residential Mixed-use residential, commercial office and retail.
16= Keauhou Place 400 ft (120 m) 40 2017 Residential Mixed-use residential, commercial office and retail.
16= Anaha 400 ft (120 m) 40 2017 Residential Mixed-use residential, commercial office and retail.
16= Grand Islander Tower 400 ft (120 m) 40 2017 Hotel Mixed-use residential, commercial office and retail.
26 Ala Moana Hotel 397 ft (121 m) 38 1970 Hotel, Residential, TV transmitters Tallest building in Hawaii from 1970-1990.
27 Hilton Grand Waikikian 390 ft (120 m) 39 2008 Hotel, Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Hilton Hotels The newest tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and the first one built in over 10 years.
28 1132 Bishop Street 387 ft (118 m) 31 1991 Office
29= The Watermark Waikiki 380 ft (120 m) 38 2008 Luxury Residential. Designed by Architects Hawaii Ltd.
29= Trump International Hotel TrumpTowerHonolulu.jpg 380 ft (120 m) 38 2009 Hotel, Residential, Trump Organization One of the first ultra-luxury hotels built in Hawaii in over 25 years. Designed by Guerin Glass Architects. Structural design by Baldridge and Associate Structural Engineering.
31 Hilton Tapa Tower 360 ft (110 m) 36 1982 Hotel, Hilton Hotels The tallest building at the Hilton Hawaiian Village prior to the Grand Waikikian.
32 Yacht Harbor Towers 351 ft (107 m) 40 1973 Residential
33= The Windsor 350 ft (110 m) 44 2003 Residential Originally known and operated as the Outrigger Hobron Hotel.
33= Hawaii Monarch Hotel 350 ft (110 m) 43 1975 Hotel, Residential
33= Discovery Bay Center 350 ft (110 m) 42 1977 Residential, Retail

Tallest buildings approved or under construction

Rank Name Height
ft / m
Floor Count Completion Primary use Status Notes
1 690 Pohukaina Unclear (originally 650 ft or 198.1m) Unclear (originally 60) TBD Mixed-use Approved 690 Pohukaina will be the centerpiece of a new live-work-play redevelopment in the Kaka'ako district, becoming Hawaii's tallest building at 650 feet tall. Prior to construction of the project, the city's building height limit will be raised from its current 450 feet to 650 feet. The design of the building was awarded to architecture firm Forest City Hawaii on December 13, 2012. In March 2016 the project was put on hold by state regulators due to significant changes being made to the original approved plan, as well as demands by locals that the plan include an elementary school and affordable housing units. In June 2017, the scope of the development was scaled down considerably to being a pair of high-rise residential buildings (one with market rents and the second with lower income rentals) next to a new 10-story elementary school. Construction is expected to begin by the end of 2019.
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