Pele’s Chair (Kapaliokamoa)

Lava rock formation tied with legends of the goddess of volcanoes Pele

The Sight

One of O’ahu’s most well-known landmarks, Pele’s Chair is a lava rock formation located near the southeast tip of O’ahu. It’s name comes from it’s chair-like shape and the legend that it was where Pele, the goddess of volcanoes and fire in Hawaiian legend, sat after she was finished using her volcanic powers to create the island of O’ahu.

Feel free to leave offerings of food, flowers, or gin (even goddesses enjoy a drink every now and then), but do not take any of the lava rock as a souvenir, Pele has a well-known fiery temper and legend has it will curse you with bad luck if you commit such affronts. And even if you’re not afraid of goddesses or bad luck, it’s illegal and could result in a hefty fine!

In addition to the awesome beauty of such an ancient and unique geological formation, you’ll also enjoy incredible views of the ocean and you’ll be a short jot away from the well-hidden cove of Alan Davis Beach below you to the west.

How to Get There to Pele’s Chair

You can get there from Alan Davis Beach which is accessed from the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail parking lot by way of the Kaiwi Shoreline Trail, or a more adventurous route from taking a detour off of the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail itself.