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The Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that is considered one of the landmarks of the state of Hawaii in the United States. Opened on September 11, 1926 at a then astronomical cost of $160,000, the Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor. It has been, and continues to be, a guiding beacon welcoming vessels to the City and County of Honolulu. Just as the Statue of Liberty greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year to New York City, the Aloha Tower greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants to Honolulu. At 10 stories and 184 feet (56 m) of height topped with 40 feet (12 m) of flag mast, for four decades the Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii. It was built in the Hawaiian Gothic architectural style. Barbers Point Light is a lighthouse on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The lighthouse stands on Barbers Point outside of Kalaeloa on the southwest tip of the island. It is named after Captain Henry Barber. The lighthouse was established in 1888. A second tower was built in 1933.
Oahu Lighthouses at Sunset -Barber's Point Lighthouse, Kalaealoa, Oahu, Hawaii
Barber's Point Lighthouse, Kalaealoa, Oahu, Hawaii
The Aloha Tower is a lighthouse that is considered one of the landmarks of the state of Hawaii in the United States. Opened on September 11, 1926 at a then astronomical cost of $160,000. The Aloha Tower is located at Pier 9 of Honolulu Harbor. It has & continues to be a guiding beacon welcoming vessels to the City & County of Honolulu. Just as the Statue of Liberty greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year to New York City, the Aloha Tower greeted hundreds of thousands of immigrants to Honolulu. At 10 stories & 184 feet (56 m) of height topped with 40 feet (12 m) of flag mast, for four decades the Aloha Tower was the tallest structure in Hawaii.
Kaneohe Bay on the windward or eastern side of Oahu is the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands. The 4.6-mile-wide mouth of the bay extends from Pyramid Rock on the Mokapu Peninsula at the southeastern side to Kualoa Point on the northwest side. Before exposure to the Western world in 1778, the Kaneohe area was the most populated area on Oahu. Part of the Mokapu Peninsula was first set aside for military purposes in 1918, when President Woodrow Wilson reserved 322 acres for the U.S. Army. The U.S. Navy purchased the western side of the peninsula in 1939, & construction soon began on Naval Air Station Kaneohe. Dredging of the bay started in 1939, & in 1941 Pyramid Rock Light was established atop the natural feature on the northwestern point of the Mokapu Peninsula.
The Pyramid Rock Light currently consists of a light mounted on the roof of a square concrete workhouse, painted with distinctive black & white diagonal stripes. The light guides vessels into Kaneohe Bay & overlooks a recreational beach for the marines.
Kaena Point is the westernmost tip of Oahu & is a celebrated legendary site for the Hawaiian people. The ancient Hawaiians believed that when a person died their spirit would follow the setting sun to their eternal night. At Ka'ena Point, the souls would leap from the earth & enter the underworld.
In 1919, the Bureau of Lighthouses decided to place an unmanned acetylene light on Kaena Point. A site was selected, building materials were hauled in, & a concrete pyramidal tower was erected at a cost of $2,479.84. Due to its remoteness, the light frequently fell victim to vandalism. Between 1980 & 1985, the light was extinguished eleven times, as senseless people shot at the lens or stole the beacon's batteries. In 1990, the concrete tower literally fell victim to erosion & was replaced by a light atop a metal pole.
In the 1980s, the Navy requested that the range of the Kaena Point Light be increased to assist submarines. Rather than install a more powerful light on the beach, the old Ka'ena Point Light was renamed the Kaena Point Passing Light, & a navigational light was activated atop a building at the Kaena Point Tracking Station on the bluffs behind the point. This new location for the Kaena Point Light was selected due to the commercial power & security available at the tracking station. The new light has a focal plane of 931 feet & a range of twenty-five miles.
The Kaena Point Natural Reserve Area was created in 1983 to help protect the fragile dunes & native species on the point. Making the area immediately around the point off-limits to dogs & vehicles has helped restore the natural landscape & elevate the number of nesting albatross & wedge-tailed shearwaters.
Kaena Point Lighthouse, Oahu, Hawaii
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