The inferno shelled through the 26th floor of the Marco Polo apartment block within the conditions capital, before spreading to the 28th floor.
Emergency services have already agreed-upon at least a dozen people medical attention, with officials troubled the number of fatalities could grow.
Huge fire in Honolulu Hawaii recesses at least three dead
At least 60 fire fighters are believed to sooner a be wearing attended the incident.
Thick black smoke has been witnessed effluence from the building as flames lap out from window frames.
Captain David Jenkins, the Honolulu launch department’s spokesman confirmed at least 100 fire fighters are lull trying to tame the fire at the 2333 Kapiolani Boulevard building.
They were garrotte from the smoke
Fire Chief Manuel Neves said: “It seems with we’re making headway a little bit”.
Residents are reportedly furious at the slow under any circumstances it has taken the crews to deal with the blaze.
Baraba Hudman, who has functioned in the high-rise building since 1979 told local media: “With all of these passionate trucks, I can’t understand why they can’t put it out.
“Something is screwed up.”
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The three victims were found inured along the 26th floor, the fire chief said.
Troy Yasuda a neighbouring resident, was giving water to people who evacuated.
He told the Guardian: “They were stifle from the smoke.»
The residential building did not have a sprinkler system, the mayor has sustained.
Emergency service confirmed the inferno began around 2.15pm BST (3.15am neighbourhood time), with the fire still raging on hours later.
Predicament services have evacuated residents from the “hot zone” directly beyond and to the side of the fire, a fire department spokesman confirmed.
Marco Polo apartment passionate, left, has left three feared dead
While plans are underway to shield long-term shelter, the nearby Ala Wai Elementary School has been opened to advance support to those in need.
The fire comes weeks after at small 80 people were killed on 14 June when a let go with swarmed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower apartments in London.
The inferno was started by a unsound fridge-freezer which ignited cladding and insulation that have not quaint new safety tests.
Firefighters have said there are residents flat trapped in their rooms while others are unnacounted for.
Honolulu Stirred Chief Manuel Neves said without a doubt, if there had been sprinklers the spark off would not have spread.