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An island kahuna (Japanese: しまキング Island King or しまクイーン Island Queen) is a person who presides over a certain island challenge in the Alola region. Island kahunas serve as the final obstacle in that particular island's trial and battle a Trainer in a Grand Trial. There is one kahuna for each of the four main islands of Alola, with each one chosen by that island's guardian deity. In addition to presiding over an island, they are also in charge of tending to their guardian's ruins when necessary and selecting new Trial Captains for their island. Prior to the establishment of the Alolan Pokémon League, a Trainer attempting their island challenge who had finished all of their trials and grand trials was to scale Mount Lanakila and battle all four kahunas in a row in order to become an island challenge champion.
According to Acerola, a person chosen to be an island kahuna cannot refuse the position; in this case, she was referring to Nanu. A kahuna's reign lasts until they die, as was the case with Hapu's grandfather and predecessor, or are forcibly ejected from their position by their respective guardian deity, as was with the case with a former unspecified kahuna who established the gang that Team Skull drew inspiration from. The time in between an island kahuna's exit from their position and the naming of a new one is not always immediate — following the death of Hapu's grandfather, Poni Island was left without a kahuna for several years. It is unknown how the lack of a kahuna affects the island challenge, specifically an island's grand trial and the final trial.
List of island kahunas
In the anime
In the Pokémon anime, Ash has encountered the following island kahunas:
In Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, Kiawe's grandfather was mentioned to be a kahuna prior to the start of the series.
- Each kahuna wears an article of clothing of the color that corresponds to their island's name and guardian. Hala's Aloha shirt is yellow, Olivia's shirt is pink, Nanu's undershirt is red, and Hapu's hat is purple.
- All island kahunas keep their Pokémon in Ultra Balls.
In other languages
|| 島嶼之王 Dóujeuih-jī Wòhng (♂)|
島嶼女王 Dóujeuih Néuihwòhng (♀)
|| 島嶼之王 / 岛屿之王 Dǎoyǔ-zhī Wáng (♂)|
島嶼女王 / 岛屿女王 Dǎoyǔ Nǚwáng (♀)
|| Doyen (♂)|
|| Inselkönig (♂)|
|| 섬의 왕 Seom-ui Wang (♂)|
섬의 여왕 Seom-ui Yeowang (♀)
|| Kahuna da ilha
|| Вождь острова Vozhd' ostrova|