The "Hawaii Chair" Freaks Us Out


We don’t really know what else to say about the Hawaii Chair. Watching people fidget suggestively on what looks like an office desk chair makes us uncomfortable for some reason. Maybe it’s the way they’re pretending there’s nothing weird going on?

(Thanks, Joe!)

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  1. Balisong says:

    God in heaven! I have no sound here at work – what the hell are these things supposed to be used for?!?

  2. coan_net says:

    That is so funny – I can just see me reaching for my coffee at the office, and spilling it all over me while I try to make it into my mouth.

  3. Sportyboard says:

    That CAN’T be serious. This it right up near the top of my list of stupid products.

  4. j03m0mma says:

    dood I would get motionsick and ralf all over my keyboard.

  5. forgottenpassword says:

    Dont ya just love all the tons of idiotic excercize equipment ads out there? My personal fav was the one that you attach to your stomach & it shocks you. LOL! Shock those pounds away!

    Even worse are the bajillions of absultely useless snakeoil remedies out there that make outrageous claims or get around making outrageous claims by using “creative marketing” (my favorite being “head-on”).

    Actually I really do hate all these companies who sell this crap & muddy the waters for items that actually DO work as they claim.

  6. sgodun says:

    I want this chair, but for ALL the wrong reasons.

  7. MercuryPDX says:

    @Balisong: They tone your abs without exercise. “If you can sit, you can get fit.”

    There is NO WAY I can do work in one of those things.

  8. full.tang.halo says:

    Last night on attack of the show they played outer space Hawaii Chair Jenga. Talk about upping the difficulty on an already hard game.

  9. edrift101 says:

    I gotta watch that a second time – what a silly product.

  10. MercuryPDX says:

    @forgottenpassword: “My personal fav was the one that you attach to your stomach & it shocks you.”

    That actual works by causing muscle contractions. It will tone the muscles, but it won’t make you lose weight.

  11. ucdcsteve says:

    Did anyone catch on G4TV’s Attack of the Show… Kevin and Olivia rode the Hawaii Chair and tried to play Jenga. Good stuff.

    [www.g4tv.com]

  12. hubris says:

    That totally looks like they’re having some kind of weird sex.

    Some people will buy anything. Literally, you could put just about anything in front of them, tell them it’ll help them in some vague, unclear way and they’ll put out their credit card.

    People make me sigh.

  13. ClayS says:

    I imagine that if you don’t keep your feet firmly planted on the floor, you could have a pretty rough ride on that chair. I’m thinking sort of a mechanical bull competition in the office.

  14. hubris says:

    @ucdcsteve: Olivia totally looks like she’s doing bad things.

  15. JackAshley says:

    Agreed; without being able to hear what they are saying (no sound at work) really amps up the bizarre level here

  16. thirdbase says:

    you have got to go to the website. They have an option for a 2 Year warrenty that will cost $100.00 or they have a 3 Month Warrenty that will cost $150.00. Thats not a typo on my part. It’s what the warrenty drop down box actually says.

  17. arch05 says:

    anyone tried the number yet?

  18. Balisong says:

    @mercurypdx: Thanks!

    I’m stuck imagining trying to have a serious conversation at work with someone sitting in one of these things. The scene involves a lot of akward pauses and glances.

  19. bohemian says:

    That chair is a back rehab doctor’s dream. Talk about a new patient generator! The way that thing whips around it looks like it would do a great job of straining something in your lower back.

  20. ironchef says:

    waiting for the class action suit from victims with hemorrhoids aggravated by the Hawaii Chair.

  21. DeltaPurser says:

    Just as you think you’ve seen it all… along comes something like this. What scares me more than anything is the fact that there will be people STUPID enough to buy this.

    How lazy can people get?! To think you’re going to lose weight by sitting on a moving object is just r.e.d.i.c.u.l.o.u.s.!

  22. coss3n says:

    Yes, just what every workplace needs: a fat-person jiggler!

  23. seandavid010 says:

    Can you imagine trying to get anything done in that infernal chair? Good Lord…

    “If you can sit, you can get fit. The Hawaii Chair!”

  24. DeltaPurser says:

    They should change their angel and sell it as a sex enhancer… Bet it works wonders on one’s libido!

  25. Mr. Guy says:

    The Attack of the show kids tried to do an entire show in the hawaii chair with hilarious results.

  26. smitty1123 says:

    Retrofit into a sex toy in 3… 2… 1…
    /hell, probably weeks ago…

  27. DeltaPurser says:

    Well, make that “change their ANGLE”… not sure there’s anything angelic about this product.

  28. XianZomby says:

    No place of business would allow an employee to bring one of these into work. As soon as they did, there would be a new policy about using only “company purchased office furniture.”

    And some people are really really fat, and it is sad. I just want Richard Simmons to go help them out and make them feel better about themselves and to get healthy. These chairs are like Richard Simmons only in that they are ridiculous to look at. Simmons actually helps seriously overweight people make themselves better. And the marketers of this chair prey on those people. It make me mad.

  29. allthatsevil says:

    For those of you asking, this is a real product. Ellen Degeneres ordered several for her show last week. She sat in one, her guests sat in one, and a handful of audience members were subjected to it as well.

  30. Munsoned says:

    Anybody ever see the movie “The Jerk”? I see a class action lawsuit coming on from a lot of cross-eyed… I mean, motion sick people!

  31. scoosdad says:

    So now I know where they got the idea for the infomercial near the end of the recent movie “For Your Consideration”– the one with Harry Shearer’s character, the washed-up movie actor demonstrating the amazing “Hula Balls”!

  32. cde says:

    If this was the 1950′s, the commercial would have everyone filmed from the waist up only, and Elvis would be suing for theft/dilution of his trademark….

  33. pibbsman0 says:

    Only up to 300lbs? Won’t be seeing that at Walmart anytime soon. Unless they make a deluxe model…

  34. MikeB says:

    Heh, there is a knock off too, they even have a warning about it.

  35. satoru says:

    This kind of machine is all the craze in Japan. They also have ‘slightly’ better ad campaigns


    Of note it seems QVC in Japan is a tad more visually appealing than it is here :P

  36. misstic says:

    “It feels great on my abs.”

    I TOTALLY Thought he said something else!!!!!

  37. cosby says:

    This is just too funny. Would get a good thing to get to mess with people.

  38. NotATool says:

    Ha, it makes everyone look like they’ve gotta pee.

    I swear one of the models in the background on the opening of this commercial looked like she was about to hurl because of motion sickness.

  39. clevershark says:

    This reminds me of those silly “fat shaker” machines people used 50 or 60 years ago — the ones where you put a big strap around your body and let the machine “shake you thin”.

    Like these, actually.

  40. SuffolkHouse says:

    The AMAZING! chair that makes anyone, no matter how healthy, look like they have late-stage Parkinsons.

    Finally!

  41. magic8ball says:

    @misstic: Me too. :)

  42. missdona says:

    We just got back from Hawaii and we saw no such chair. I think they may be fabricating its authenticity.

  43. MisterE says:

    I just like to watch the girls in the chair.

  44. bodgy says:

    It’s like they are doing the pee-pee dance in their chair.

  45. Feminist Whore says:

    @SGODUN – Me Too!
    I’m tingling just thinking about it.

  46. boyasunder says:

    I like the slight look of fear in the eyes of the people using the chair. Everyone looks like they have accidentally found themselves on an episode of Candid Camera and are praying the host will come out soon and relieve them of their misery.

  47. theblackdog says:

    @satoru: Oh those look so wrong.

  48. theblackdog says:

    @satoru: Oh that looks so wrong.

  49. @ironchef: Aggravated? That thing’d probably rip ‘em out and toss them across the room!

    Sorry, gotta go play it again!

  50. Joessandwich says:

    See it in action! This made me laugh pretty hard: [ellen.warnerbros.com]

  51. wooster11 says:

    ugghhh… You wouldn’t believe it, but I used to see this commercial all the time on the Asian TV networks. And sadly, my parents decided to buy one. I couldn’t believe it! And the reason they bought it…. To try it out. They have maybe used it once or twice. I’ve tried it out too and it’s a piece of crap. And at about $500, it’s such a waste of money. I still can’t believe they have that thing. Everything I see it in there house, I just shake my head at it…

  52. JeWong says:

    Yea, I’ve seen commercials for this chair for the last couple of years. My parents and my parents always talk about it and my aunt has one of them. I saw them sit on that thing, and I can’t see how it is at all comfortable for even 5 minutes. One of the worst product I’ve seen. It’s like a knockoff on the iGallop thing from Shaper Image.

  53. Wayfaerer says:

    It’s Parkinson’s on your terms.

  54. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    Creepy @.@

  55. u2acro says:

    @clevershark:

    My pap pap still has one of those fat shakers in his basement, and I always use it when I make the trip home a couple of times a year. It just feels good!

    Also: I am not fat. Do with that what you will.

  56. u2acro says:

    One more also: This totally belongs on Jezzie or Fleshbot. ;)

  57. HooFoot says:

    @misstic: Thank God I wasn’t the only one!

  58. rworne says:

    @smitty1123:

    It’s been done in Asia (why am I not surprised):

    [www.tokyomango.com]

    (surprisingly it’s a SFW link).

  59. BalknChain says:

    They’re gonna need seatbelts! I bet Alan Rothenberg The Injury Attorney is already foaming at the mouth over this. Miss I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up is probably on call too. All this needs is a Clapper and Life Alert tie in. A Billy Mays with Oxyclean for those embarrassing stains.

  60. BalknChain says:

    ugh-And Billy Mays.

  61. speer320 says:

    i saw this on ellen lol

  62. SJActress says:

    Y’all are definitely watching Ellen then, huh?

    If not, be sure to check out the “Tiddy Bear”. Good stuff.

  63. erica.blog says:

    Can’t wait to go to a bank office or similar and sit down across from somebody trying to sell me something while sitting on that thing… or have that come into MY office environment…

    No, I can’t think of any situation that doesn’t make me laugh hysterically.

  64. goodkitty says:

    @clevershark: Costco sells those actually, and they cost $2.5k! I couldn’t figure out what the “power plate” was, then when it clicked, I couldn’t stop laughing. Who in the world buys those things?

    This hula product makes me upset. No, not upset at how dumb it is, rather, how dumb I am to not have lowered myself to thinking about such a thing in the first place. I really, really need to figure out how these people come up with these things, so I can make money too.

    How about a two-legged chair? Think of the fat you’ll burn as you try to stay upright! I’ll call it the “Carb Chair!” Your body actually burns calories, WHILE YOU SIT ON IT! It’s like magic weight loss but without the effort! Only 15 easy payments of $16.99.

  65. shiftless says:

    This is a must buy for Spirograph lovers.

  66. homerj says:

    You can’t use this chair at work. It only has 3 legs, and OSHA says that you need 5 legs on a chair.

  67. dlmarcou says:

    Thanks for the best laugh I’ve had all week…never seen anything quite like it. Still laughing, I think I’ll watch it again.

  68. leefur5 says:

    Reminds me of the Osim iGallop that they sell at Brookstone.

  69. CapitalC says:

    So… hard… to… type…!!

  70. psyop63b says:

    So indiscreet. Who would want to look so stupid for 8 hours a day?

  71. AlexPDL says:

    Two words: lap dance. :)

  72. elislider says:

    yeah i definitely saw this on Ellen a few weeks ago. it was completely ridiculous.

  73. pigeonpenelope says:

    omg. at first i thought it might be a snl skit. and it isn’t. i’m sorry but in order to strengthen your core, you actually have to do the workout. what a bad idea.

  74. Honus says:

    Brings new meaning to the phrase “Sit and spin.”

  75. NoStyle says:

    They look like they have motors in them. They are lucky. We have to do that by ourselves here.

    They call those “Hawaii” chairs because in Hawaii, by law we are required to do that when we sit down to ward off the giant attorney squid.

    It is horrible, his immense hulk has destroyed many of our paved roads chasing ambulances.

  76. meneye says:

    the people that are stupid enough to buy this thing wouldn’t have sit down jobs anyway

  77. Hrm. If only it didn’t have arms, and were upholstered in black velvet, it might make a fun sex environment. The Sex Swing for the new millennium.

  78. cheesebubble says:

    Just bought several chairs for the board room at our office. Shoulda known about these!
    @psyop63b: Ha ha. I’ve worked with people that looked “so stupid” without this chair’s help ;)

  79. jamesdenver says:

    My office has a small gym with treadmills, free weights, and machines. Even the busiest people who WANT to work out make a 30 minute commitment 2 or 3 times a week.

    oh getting “abs” takes far more concentration on diet than it does exercise.

    And even if you’re not a gym /abs buff it’s not hard to exercise. Just starting walking – one foot in front of th other – or go biking 8-9 miles on the weekend

  80. Channing says:

    I am from Hawaii and I do not support the use of the word “Hawaii” in the name “Hawaiichair.”