Unitasker Wednesday: The Hawaii Chair

hawaii-chairAll Unitasker Wednesday posts are jokes — we don’t want you to buy these items, we want you to laugh at their ridiculousness. Enjoy!

I love products that promise to exercise your body without any of the hard work. Just sit or stand while the “exercise” machine does all the work. The Hawaii Chair brings this concept to new heights by simulating a hula dance while you sit back and go about your daily routine at home or the office.

As the jingle for the Hawaii Chair sings, “Take the work out of your workout.” Is it too good to be true? Why don’t you take a look at this video and judge for yourself:

The constant hula motion is supposed to tighten up your flabby mid-section and “promotes vigor without strenuous activity.” I have my doubts, but the people in the commercial are all so skinny — so it has to work! From Perfect USA’s site:

Hawaii Chair combines the ancient art of the Hula of the Hawaiians with an easy-to-use fun exercise machine. The Hawaii Chair is an automatic exercise machine; you don’t have to exercise, the Hawaii Chair will do it all for you! The Hawaii Chair’s exercises strongly affect your waist, buttocks and thighs to thaw and loosen redundant fat. After using the Hawaii Chair you will have a narrow and well-defined waist. Old men can use the Hawaii Chair easily to help improve the operation of digestive and cardiovascular systems.

I’m sold. This thing is a steal at $300. No strenuous activity while getting fit and shapely? I’m going to have to take their word for it. I can’t wait to sit in a meeting across from someone in a Hula Chair!

36 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: The Hawaii Chair”

  1. posted by Jay on

    Saw this a while back. Still gave me a laugh. “You could hardly call this work”. I dunno, selling that product look like a tough job to me

  2. posted by Becca on

    Youtube “Hawaii chair Ellen Degeneres”. She did a show with one a year or so ago (she sat in it and so did the guests), and it is absolutely hilarious.

  3. posted by The Modern Mom on

    that video is hysterical! It looks like they’re barely holding on let alone actually getting any work done! 🙂

  4. posted by Erin Doland on

    @Becca — The Ellen clip on YouTube is HYSTERICAL!!


  5. posted by Gabriel on


  6. posted by Michele on

    My roommate bought one of those things that shocks your abs into shape, and she tried to use it without the gel. Turns out, it’s not unlike electrocuting yourself.

  7. posted by Suki on

    Does it come with a coconut shell bra?

  8. posted by cdelphine on

    That is hilarious! It would be great if someone commented defending their use of the Hawaii chair.

  9. posted by Polly on

    Ellen did a demo of this chair in January 2008. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHiqVygN-w0

  10. posted by Yin on

    I have one of these.

    Pros: everyone who comes over loves trying it and we all have a good laugh.

    Cons: the chair only goes up to level 5; i think i’m ready for level 10.

  11. posted by Adam Snider on

    While the Hawaii Chair is totally ridiculous, isn’t it a dual-tasker? It’s a chair and an exercise machine! LOL

  12. posted by tabatha on

    I’m totally buying one of these!

  13. posted by Angela on

    Hey, that’s my brother’s video clip! He runs a informerical review website and Hawaii chair is one of the most absurd products to come along in a while. So funny to see it pop up here, but it perfectly fits for a Wednesday!!

  14. posted by Sheryl on


    @ Suki – it doesn’t just need to come with a coconut shell bra, it needs to come with a grass skirt too!

  15. posted by Starla on


    This is why we love you.

  16. posted by Shay on

    How about a multitasker alternative to this gadget? I bought a $20 fitness ball from Target, pumped it up to about desk chair height and use that instead of a normal chair. You can do exactly the same hip-swivel thing as the Hawaii chair (plus a whole lot of other range of motion), and it forces you into good posture, because nothing is supporting your back. AND you can always turn it back into a fit-ball at a moment’s notice.

    Crunches on your coffee break?

  17. posted by Peregrin on

    What a ridiculous product. There’s no way I could concentrate on work while sitting on that chair! The hip-swivel movement *is* good for exercise (think belly dance or hula hoops), but not while you’re sitting down on this silly gadget. Stand up for Pete’s sake! 😀 (Shay’s recommendation of a fitness ball is good, however!)

  18. posted by Gloria on

    OMG! That takes the cake! It’s making me nauseaous just watching it. How could I possibly drink my coffee with all that going on?

  19. posted by Another Deb on

    “redundant fat”

    I have fat on my right thigh AAAAAANNNNNDDDD on my left thigh! That cursed redundant fat!

  20. posted by Becky on

    To be a unitasker it must actually do one thing. As I see it the Hawaii chair fails to function as a chair or an exercise machine.

    How about failtasker?

  21. posted by Kristina on

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHiqVygN-w0 This is very funny, you need to watch this video!

  22. posted by Karyn on

    When the guy said, “It feels GREAT on my abs!” I thought he was going to say something other than “abs.” 😀

    It looks like it would be a fun toy, if you have $300 to spare, and maybe it would help limber up a spine that gets stiff from too much sitting. Then again, so would getting out of your chair now and then and doing a few short stretches.

  23. posted by Karyn on

    Forgot to add: But it wouldn’t qualify as exercise, since the chair’s doing all the work!

  24. posted by Kate on

    I think that the chair gave me a great ab workout… my abs are sore from how much I laughed at that Ellen clip. Too funny!

  25. posted by Carrie on

    ^ what she said! I haven’t had a true laugh-out-loud moment for a while. I’m glad I wasn’t drinking any coffee at the time…

    That is the most ridiculous item I’ve ever seen. But I can totally see why someone would buy it, for the sheer entertainment value.

  26. posted by Penny in Australia on

    oh boy, that’s hilarious. “Takes the work out of your workout”? Takes the work out of your workday too – how on earth could anyone concentrate? I wonder how many takes it took to make the infomercial?

    This is a beauty.

  27. posted by Ali L. on

    The more things change, the more they stay the same: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96LkiRQDk38.

  28. posted by Kim on

    This is laugh out loud hilarious.

    Just a couple of days ago, I was commenting that I hate exercise sooooooooooo much that I wished there was something I could strap myself into. Now, I’m not so sure.

    Thanks for the chuckle,

  29. posted by Suki on

    Once I got past laughing myself silly at the video, I read (and laughed at)the text:

    The Hawaii Chair’s exercises strongly affect your waist, buttocks and thighs to thaw and loosen redundant fat. [Didn’t realize my fat was frozen—it certainly is redundant!–LOL]

    Old men can use the Hawaii Chair easily to help improve the operation of digestive and cardiovascular systems. [Does that mean after they throw up, they have cardiac arrest??–LOL]

  30. posted by Sarah on

    I was just having the worst day and this significantly improved it. Your post, NOT the hawaii chair, for clarification! Thanks.

  31. posted by Amy on

    OMG! Has no one else noticed the potential for sexual harassment lawsuits with this chair at work? It looks a little provocative to me!!! Too much effort was used to create a machine that requires no effort.

  32. posted by Anita on

    Wasn’t this thing on Failblog.org a while ago? It was good entertainment for the duration of the video. Thanks for posting this!

  33. posted by Erika on

    I think the FTC finally fined that company selling that gut shocker contraption. How long before they take action on the hula chair?

  34. posted by Kara on

    The last time my friend and I went in to get pedicures, one of the manicurists was sitting in the back (on one of these chairs) eating her lunch. My friend and I could see her, but we couldnt figure out what on earth was going on! Was she moving the chair around in circles? Was it the chair that was moving? How was she getting her food in her mouth with all that movement?
    Now i know! thanks for posting.

  35. posted by Kalle on

    This is so clearly not a unitasker! You can shape up your abs while doing office work, giving interviews, or watching telev—

    Oh, wait. No you can’t.

  36. posted by chaotic kitten on

    That is so ridiculous!

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