I live in Honolulu and we have a ton of developments going up here. When you drive down Ala Moana or the H1 you just see cranes everywhere.
We have very diverse architecture with a very heavy Asian influence (I think the Japanese own like over 50% of the developments). Due to the tropical climate there are many buildings build open air, and also with vegetation. Buildings that target tourist can afford to be more daring, while in the business section of town the towers look more typical.
Honolulu’s vertical development is driven by the fact it is on a very desirable Island. However it is a fairly narrow tract on the south show that is suitable for vertical development and is near the tourist locations and also financial drivers like the Ports.
They are building a rail system east to west and real estate near the future stations is booming.
Honolulu is also unique because it is one of, if not the most isolated major city in the world (Oahu has a population of 1.1-2 million with a vast majority of those living on the south shore). Add in the hundreds of thousands of tourist on the island at any time you get a hive of activity thousands of miles from the next major city.
Waikiki portion on skyline, Diamond Head would be off to the right
This is the downtown portion of city, Waikiki resort on condo high rises are off the picture to the right.