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Pele's Chair

Honolulu, HI

Trail Information

  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • Length: >1 mile roundtrip
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Elevation Gain: Negligible
  • Trail Type: Out and Back
  • Entrance Fee: N/A
  • Dogs Allowed: Yes
  • Restrooms: No
  • Season: Year-round

* Shares a trailhead with the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail.

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The hike out to this iconic landmark is a quick mile (if that), but is certainly worth the trip. Beginning at the parking area for the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail, the flat path veers off through the brush on its way to the shore. Upon reaching the coast, hikers can enjoy the small but beautiful beach that sits beneath Pele’s Chair, or can choose to climb up the lava rocks to get a closer look at the throne. This large volcanic rock formation known as Pele’s Chair is believed in Hawaiian legend to be the last place the fire goddess sat before departing the island of O’ahu. On the opposite side of the chair are numerous tidepools, which are usually stirring with all sorts of life. This excursion is a great way to spend the afternoon, and is certainly family friendly. Hikers may also continue up the path to finish the lighthouse trail.

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Getting There

By car: Follow the map below to Makapu’u Lighthouse Road and park in the lot at the base of the trailhead. Just a short way up the paved trail, you will notice a side trail on your right down into the grass (usually this is marked by two poles). Follow this trail towards the coast to reach Pele’s Chair.

By bus: From Waikiki, Take Route 22 – The Beach Bus to Sea Life Park. Walk back along round for approximately 1 mile. Makapu’u Lighthouse Road will be on your left.

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