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ハラ Hala
Sun Moon Hala.png
Artwork from Sun and Moon
Gender Male
Eye color Unknown
Hair color Grey
Hometown Iki Town
Region Alola
Relatives Hau (grandson), unnamed son
Trainer class Island Kahuna, Elite FourSM
Generation VII
Games Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Elite Four of Pokémon League (Alola)
Specializes in Fighting types
Anime debut To Top a Totem!
English voice actor Ryan Andes
Japanese voice actor Nobuyuki Hiyama

Hala (Japanese: ハラ Hala) is a character introduced in Pokémon Sun and Moon. He is the grandfather to Hau. He is the Kahuna of Melemele Island and a member of the Alola Elite FourSM. He specializes in Fighting-type Pokémon. He grants the Melemele stamp to Trainers who defeat him.

In the games

As Kahuna of Melemele Island, Hala is considered one of the island's strongest trainers. Hau is his grandson.

Hala gives the player and Hau their starter PokémonSM. He later leads a ceremony celebrating the beginning of the player and Hau's careers as Pokémon Trainers. The player eventually battles him in the grand trial of the Melemele island challenge.

When Ultra Wormholes begin appearing across Alola, Hala encounters UB-02 AbsorptionS/BeautyM. Before he can send out a Pokémon to battle, Tapu Koko appears to battle the Ultra Beast. Hala agrees to work together with the guardian deity, and together, they fend off the intruder.

Hala is later revealed to be one of the Trainers Professor Kukui invited to act as the Elite Four of the Pokémon LeagueSM of Alola.

In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, though Hala is not invited to become a member of the Elite Four, he can still be challenged to a rematch once during the post-game. Upon defeating him in the rematch, Hala will award the player with the two Z-Crystals for the final evolutions of the other two Alola Starter Pokémon that the player did not pick at the beginning of the game.


Hala keeps his Pokémon in Ultra Balls.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Grand Trial battle

Pokémon League battle

Pokémon League rematch

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Grand Trial battle

Second battle

Gives to new Trainers

In Pokémon Sun and Moon only, Hala allows the player to pick one of the three Alola Starters as their Starter Pokémon.

Grass Flying
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Rowlet/ Lv.5
Normal Physical
Grass Physical
Normal Status
Fire Unknown
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Litten/ Lv.5
Normal Physical
Fire Special
Normal Status
Water Unknown
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Popplio/ Lv.5
Normal Physical
Water Gun
Water Special
Normal Status


Iki Town
  • First meeting
"Have I missed something?"
"I am kahuna of this island, after all. Whenever there is a problem on the island, it is my duty to resolve it."
"Sorry, Lillie. What were you saying before? For some reason I thought I saw Tapu Koko flying about..."
"Ho! Although it is said to protect us, our Tapu Koko is a rather fickle creature. Yet our guardian was moved to save you."
"Kukui, my boy, I think we have cause to celebrate! It seems I should entrust this brave and kind young boy/girl with a Pokémon of his/her own. We'll make a fine Trainer out of him/her!"
"I'm glad to meet you, child. I am Hala, the kahuna of Melemele Island. Welcome to Alola! Young Kukui had told me of your coming. I'm glad we got the chance to meet today."
"Come, my Pokémon! Let's have a look at you!"
"First is the Grass-type Pokémon, Rowlet!"
"Next is the Fire-type Pokémon, Litten!"
"And last is the Water-type Pokémon, Popplio!"
"Which Pokémon will you choose as your partner?"
The Grass-type Rowlet: "Will you choose the Grass-type Pokémon Rowlet?"
The Fire-type Litten: "Will you choose the Fire-type Pokémon Litten?"
The Water-type Popplio: "Will you choose the Water-type Pokémon Popplio?"
"Only when you have both chosen each other can you truly call each other partners."
"So let us see if little <starter Pokémon chosen> there also decides to choose you!"
"Ho! So little <starter Pokémon chosen> has accepted you as well, <player>!"
  • If talked to again
"If you two can work in harmony with each other, you can go anywhere together!"
"Dahahaha! Where's the fire, boy? And what kind of a Pokémon battle would that be where you don't even give a name first, eh?"
"I appreciate you being willing to take on my grandson here. I expect a no-holds-barred battle from the both of you!"
  • If talked to again
"Please give my grandson a fine battle."
"Very well, then! Let the Pokémon battle begin!"
  • After battling Hau
"Hm? <Player>... Would you be so kind as to give me a look at that sparkling stone you have there?"
"Could it be?!"
"You were rescued by Tapu Koko at the bridge—isn't that what I heard, <player>?"
Regardless of choice: "So it even deigned to give you a stone... Perhaps you are here in Alola, <player>, because this is where you are meant to be. Allow me to borrow this stone for now. Fret not! I'll return it to you tomorrow evening."
"It would seem that you have the makings of a fine Trainer. You must do us the honor of joining in our festival tomorrow!"
  • On the day of the festival
"The Alola region is made up of our four islands. And each island has its own guardian Pokémon."
"Our festival today is held to express our thanks to these great Pokémon guardian deities for always remaining by our sides."
"Well, we may call it a festival, but it's just this little thing you see here. There may not be many of us, but at least every last one of us here goes all out."
"Your Pokémon have fought for you, so show them the same care in return, <player>. Allow me to heal them for you this time."
"Are you ready for this Pokémon battle?"
Yes: "Then let's begin!"
No: "When you feel that you're ready, come back and tell me."
  • If talked to again
"Are you ready for this Pokémon battle?"
Yes: "Then let's begin!"
No: "When you feel that you're ready, come back and tell me."
"For all life on our islands..."
"and for those who undertake the island challenge with joy in their hearts..."
"we pray for your protection... for them and all Melemele."
"May this Pokémon battle be an offering to our island's guardian deity—Tapu Koko!"
"Before you stands Hau—grandson to the kahuna."
"Before him stands <player>—one who has met with Tapu Koko."
"<Player>! Hau! Bring forth the power of your Pokémon!"
"It was a good battle. With this, even Tapu Koko..."
"Ho! You heard it yourself! Tapu Koko's song of approval."
"Oh, I nearly forgot! I think it is time you take this, <player>."
"Your Z-Ring, a mysterious armband that can draw out the power that lies deep within Pokémon... It can bring forth their Z-Power!"
"We kahunas can make them by refining stones like the Sparkling Stone that you received from Tapu Koko."
"Although until you collect more Z-Crystals during your island challenge, you will not be able to draw out the Z-Power of your Pokémon."
"And yet you have already received that Sparkling Stone... It seems Tapu Koko took quite a liking to you... or perhaps it has a mission for you."
Route 1 Hau'oli Outskirts
"Ho! If it isn't Lillie and <player>. Sorry for scaring you, friend. I guess it's time I get old Tauros back home."
"Oh! But why don't you give him a little pat first, <player>?"
"Ha ha ha! You see that? This rascal already loves you! Pokémon become happier when we show them some care."
"Wa ha ha! Oh the places you'll go, child! And as you do, you will surely meet more Pokémon and people who will enrich your life."
Hau'oli City Shopping District
  • Before battling Ilima
"<Player>! You stand back. Old kahuna Hala will take care of this ornery Tauros! Why don't you take a stroll through Hau'oli?"
  • After battling Ilima
"There! <Player>, I've got this ornery creature calmed again, for now. Want to try giving him a little pat again? That's the only way he'll get used to you."
"Maybe old Tauros here can feel your love for Pokémon. He sure seems happy to know you. And yet... It still seems to me like Tauros wants to stretch his legs on his own island challenge! Ha!"
"What! You want to play tag, now? The Melemele kahuna never loses, friend!"
Iki Town
"Congratulations on clearing your trial in the Verdant Cavern. Good work. I suppose you are here to battle the kahuna? You think you and <first Pokémon in party> are ready for me, <player>?"
Definitely!: "I have been waiting for this!"
Please wait: "I will. But come speak with me as soon as you are ready."
  • If talked to again when "Please wait" is chosen
"Are you here to battle the kahuna? <Player>! <First Pokémon in party>!"
  • Before battle
"I have been expecting you. Allow me to properly greet the young adventurers embarking on their island challenge. I am Hala, the kahuna of Melemele Island."
"Shall we begin? The final trial here on Melemele Island will be a Pokémon battle against me, the kahuna! It is known as the grand trial!"
"Well, <player>! You have been entrusted with the Sparkling Stone by Tapu Koko! Now show me you and your partner <only Pokémon>'s full power!/Well, <player>! You have been entrusted with the Sparkling Stone by Tapu Koko! Now show me you and your partner <first Pokémon in party> and your team's full power!"
"Old Hala here will also be going all out! Let the grand trial begin!"
  • Upon being defeated
"Whoa! Well played!"
  • After being defeated
"The results come as no surprise to me. What a fine Trainer...and what fine Pokémon, too!"
"Ho! And our mighty Tapu Koko agrees!"
"Hmmph! Perhaps Tapu Koko is hoping that a day may come when you will grow strong enough to battle it as well..."
"Accept this Z-Crystal! It allows Trainers to share their power with their partner Pokémon!"
"Observe, <player>. If you wish to use the Fighting-type Z-Power, move your arm like this... then bend your hips like this and pose!"
"Now then, <player>! With this victory... you have cleared all of the trials of Melemele Island, the first of Alola's islands! The Melemele stamp is proof of your accomplishments. With it, Pokémon up to Lv. 35, even those you received in a trade, will obey you!"
"The moon in the daytime... The sun at night... Now to see if you can pour your heart into something that cannot be seen but is very much real. As you continue on your island challenge, consider what makes up the people and Pokémon that you meet: both what you can see and what you cannot. You will surely meet Tapu Koko again someday."
"Whoa there, Tauros!"
"I've got an idea! How about I set you up so you can ride my Tauros whenever you'd like? No reason why he shouldn't get to enjoy the island challenge, too!"
"I'll take care of all the little things you'll need in order to ride a Pokémon, <player>!"
"Why don't you hop on there?"
"The world looks a bit different from atop a mighty Tauros, eh?"
"See, <player>. Here in Alola our Pokémon lend us their strength and let us ride about on them!"
"Let me explain some of the gear I gave you... Your Ride Pager is a tool that lets you summon a Ride Pokémon. According to the instructions, you need only "press the Y Button to turn on your Ride Pager! Use the B Button to dash!""
"And your Riding Wear will be the special outfit you wear when riding Pokémon."
"Have a little romp around Alola with Tauros here. I'm sure you'll be charmed by him! When you use your Ride Pager, Ride Pokémon will kindly come running to help you wherever you may be!"
"All right, <player>. With a little help from Tauros, you can smash right through those big rocks on Route 1!"
Mahalo Trail
"Dooot doo doo, just a kahuna on a stroll to the laguna. ♪"
"Wait, this disturbance I feel..."
"Oh, this one's a rare visitor!"
"You have come before the island kahuna!"
"Did you come here as a guardian or just to battle?"
"The other islands must surely be facing the same threat. I'm counting on you, my comrades..."
"As kahuna of this island, I, Hala, will support you!"
Pokémon League
  • Upon entering the Fighting Chamber
"Old Hala is here to make you holler!"
First battle
  • Before battle
"Your old kahuna is now also a member of the Elite Four. Well, this time I'm holding nothing back! Time for you to see what I can really do!"
  • Upon being defeated
"I could feel the power you gained on your journey through Alola."
  • After being defeated
"It is only when the balance of the old and the new is just right that you can create something truly original. That is what I saw in the battle between us. An elder's experience and the fire of youth!"
Upon entering the Hall of Fame for the first time
"You've entered the Hall of Fame! Spectacular! Much as the sun shines upon the moon, illuminating it, so have the friends you made during your island challenge illuminated your life. You have grown so much!"
"The first ever Champion of the Alola Pokémon League! Let's celebrate so grandly that even the sun and moon themselves will take notice! Ha!"
Rematch battle
  • Before battle
"Welcome, Champion, to the Pokémon League, where strength is everything! Now, with love in our hearts, let us clash in Pokémon battle!"
  • Upon being defeated
"I sensed the strength that you possess as Champion."
  • After being defeated
"A heart-pounding battle like that always sends a shiver through my whole body! I'm sure my Pokémon felt it, too!"
  • If talked to again...
    • If battled first
"Oh ho ho! So it's me who faced you first. Defeating the Elite Four will become a fine part of our island challenge!"
  • If battled second
"Oh ho ho! So I was the second to face you? Some people would say you're halfway there, while some may say you've still got halfway to go. How you see it is up to you."
  • If battled third
"Oh ho ho! So I was the third to face you? If you'll take a bit of advice from this old man, I wouldn't let my guard down yet if I were you."
  • If battled last
"Oh ho ho! So I was the last to face you? But then who do you think awaits you in the Champion's chamber?"
Iki Town
  • After becoming Champion
"Here he/she is! The first Pokémon League Champion from Alola! This calls for celebration, so let's all get to it!"
Hau'oli City Beachfront (after the player becomes Champion)
"Well played, <player>!"
"What a high opinion of yourself you have. Ha! I just happened to see <player> here, so I thought I would come over."
"Oh, Guzma...when will you understand? Only when you respect your opponent's skill will it bring out the best in you. You miss the true meaning of battling. The goal is not to beat your opponent down, but for both Trainers to grow stronger!"
"But the battle I just saw seemed a bit different. While you may say you're only interested in crushing your opponent, I sensed a desire to defeat <player> deep in your heart."
"If you continue on this path, you'll never be able to defeat <player>! Guzma, admit the worthiness of your opponents! Only then can you become even stronger than you already are! Allow yourself to know the people and Pokémon you encounter, and look deeply into your heart."
"<Player>, allow me to handle this foolish young man. I will make a fine Trainer out of him yet, or I'm not an island kahuna! I hope that can be considered penance for the wrongs he and Team Skull have committed."
"Oh ho ho! The two of us will go many places together! And we will meet more people and Pokémon who will enrich our lives."
Iki Town (after the player becomes Champion)
  • Hala's house
"Oh, <player>! How's Alola treating you? The sun shines all on its own, and the moon shines down reflected light. Each of them lights our world, one in the daytime and the other at night. If you prefer brightness, then live in the light. If you prefer darkness, then you can find people and Pokémon that can suit that taste, too."


VSHala.png VSHala 2.png
Island kahuna VS model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon
Elite Four VS model from
Sun and Moon
Hala SM OD.png
Overworld model from
Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In the anime

Hala in the anime

In the anime, Hala debuted in To Top a Totem!, where he is revealed to be the one who made the Z-Ring that Tapu Koko gave to Ash back in Alola to New Adventure!. He led Ash to Verdant Cavern, a trial site inhabited by a Totem Gumshoos, so that Ash could start his island challenge.

Hala reappeared in Trial and Tribulation!, where he was Ash's opponent in his Melemele grand trial. After a tough battle, Ash emerged victorious. Hala was about to give Ash a Fightinium Z as a reward, but suddenly, Tapu Koko swooped in and swapped it with an Electrium Z, which Hala gave to Ash instead. He appeared again in SM051. In SM055, he attended the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet.


This listing is of Hala's known Pokémon in the anime:

Hala's Hariyama
Hariyama appeared in To Top a Totem!, where it was shown beside its Trainer. In Trial and Tribulation!, it was the second Pokémon Hala used in his battle against Ash. After a hard-fought battle, it was defeated by Pikachu's Breakneck Blitz.

It appeared again in SM051. It appeared again in SM055, attending the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet with Hala.

Hariyama's known moves are Fake Out, Knock Off, Arm Thrust, and Belly Drum.
Hariyama can also perform the Z-Move All-Out Pummeling.

Debut To Top a Totem!
Voice actors
Japanese Shin'ichiro Miki
English Bill Rogers
Hala's Crabrawler
Crabrawler was the first Pokémon Hala sent out during his grand trial battle against Ash. Despite putting up a good fight, it eventually fell to Rowlet.

It appeared again in SM055, attending the wedding of Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet with Hala.

Crabrawler's known moves are Bubble Beam, Brutal Swing, and Power-Up Punch.

Debut Trial and Tribulation!
Voice actors
Japanese Fumiko Takekuma
English Jake Paque

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 檜山修之 Nobuyuki Hiyama
English Ryan Andes
Danish Michael Elo
Brazilian Portuguese Isaac Bardavid
Russian Oleg Kutzenko Олег Куценко
Spanish Latin America José María Negri
Spain Juan Luis Rovira

In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Hala in Pokémon Adventures

Hala debuts in PASM02. He is first seen with his fellow Kahunas, Olivia and Nanu, at Malie Garden, where they discuss the sightings of the guardian deities around Alola. They speculate that the normally reclusive guardian deities appearing before people must have been caused by them being angered by something.

Later, at Iki Town, Hala referees a battle between Nanu and Olivia in order to test a stage to be used in an upcoming festival. During the battle, Nanu teases Olivia's inability to get a boyfriend, which angers Olivia into using her Z-Power. When Nanu retaliates with his own Z-Move, Hala interrupts the battle, but not before accidentally getting hit. The Kahunas decide that they will use the festival to have Alolan youths battle against each other. The strongest participants will travel around Alola's four islands, imitating the island challenge, in order to calm the guardian deities' rage.

The next day, the Iki Town festival officially begins. Once sundown had begun, Hala referees the festival tournament alongside Samson Oak.

The day after the tournament, Professor Kukui receives a call from Hala on his boat as he transports Sun and Moon to Akala Island. Hala talks to Sun, who had won the tournament, and reveals that the boy is now eligible to take part in the island challenge. Although Sun is reluctant to take part in the challenge due to needing to obtain 100 million yen, he immediately accepts once he is told that he will be paid for participating. Hala also reveals that he took Sun's Sparkling Stone so that he may work on it.

Later, Hala is visited at his home by Kahili, who he had requested return to Alola from abroad in order to aid in helping stop the guardian deities' rage. Kahili reveals that shortly after arriving in Alola, she began investigating Melemele Island. At Melemele Meadow, she was attacked by two mysterious creatures that disappeared shortly after she tried to fight back. Kahili speculates that the mysterious creatures are the source of the guardian deities' rage.


Hala's Bewear
Bewear is Hala's only known Pokémon. It was first seen with its Trainer watching a battle between Nanu and Olivia. When Hala stepped in to stop Nanu and Olivia from using their Z-Moves, Bewear caught Hala after the latter was knocked onto the ground after being hit by Olivia's Lycanroc.

None of Bewear's moves are known.

Debut PASM03

In the TCG

Regular print of Hala
Main article: Hala (Guardians Rising 126)

Hala was introduced as a Supporter card in the Pokémon Trading Card Game during the English Sun & Moon Series (the Japanese Sun & Moon Era). It was first released in the Islands Await You expansion before debuting in English in the Guardians Rising expansion, with an illustration based on the Ken Sugimori artwork of the character. It was also released as a Full Art card in both expansions, with an illustration by Naoki Saito. Hala allows the player to shuffle their hand into their deck. If they have used their GX attack, they may draw 7 cards. If not, they draw 4 cards instead.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ハラ Hala From hala (Hawaiian for Pandanus tectorius)
English, German, Italian Hala Same as Japanese name
French Pectorius From Pandanus tectorius and possibly Pectoralis major muscle
Spanish Kaudan Possibly from kahuna and Pandanus
Korean 할라 Halla Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Mandarin) 哈拉 Hālā Transliteration of Japanese name
Chinese (Cantonese) 哈拉 Hālāai Mandarin-based transliteration of Japanese name
Brazilian Portuguese Pandam From Pandanus tectorius
Russian Хала Khala Transcription of English name

Trial Captains and Island Kahunas of the Alola region
Verdant Cavern
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Brooklet Hill
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Wela Volcano Park
Lush Jungle
Hokulani Observatory
Thrifty Megamart
Seafolk Village
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Melemele Island
Akala Island
Ula'ula Island
Poni Island

Alola League
VSHala 2.png VSMolayne USUM.png
Elite Four
Hala Molayne
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Elite Four
Elite Four
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Elite Four

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