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Numbers -wise these boats may compare, but I think they are very different boats on a number of fronts.
Most Aloha 32s were built with an unconventional non-V berth layout that will suit a couple but doesn't really provide good overnight space for occasional guests/children. It also has a much more "shippy" look, with it's deep sheer, bowsprit and counter transom. So first you gotta like the look and the interior. Having said that, as Melissa noted, Alohas are well respected and appear to hold their value well. The designer of the Aloha 32 is Mark Ellis, well known for the Niagara 35, the Nonsuch catboats among others.
We looked at one on our last boat hunt, but found it lacking in accomodation for guests, as I mentioned. However, I've gone on record before as saying there's something to be said for owning a quality, somewhat rare boat that is "not just another Catabenehuntalina".
You definitely have the numbers with you (production-wise) with the Cat30 - but if you like the layout I think the Aloha is a better boat.