Island Kahuna

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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

Kahuna
Japanese
Island Location
Japanese
Type
Hala
Hala
ハラ Hala
Melemele Island Iki Town
リリィタウン
Liliʻi Town
Fighting
Olivia
Olivia
ライチ Lychee
Akala Island Ruins of Life
命の遺跡
Ruins of Life
Rock
Nanu
Nanu
クチナシ Kuchinashi
Ula'ula Island Malie City
マリエシティ
Malie City
Dark
VSHapu.png
Hapu
ハプウ Hapū
Poni Island Vast Poni Canyon
ポニの大峡谷
Great Canyon of Poni
Ground

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.

Trivia

  • 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

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 島嶼之王 Dóujeuih-jī Wòhng ()
島嶼女王 Dóujeuih Néuihwòhng ()
Mandarin 島嶼之王 / 岛屿之王 Dǎoyǔ-zhī Wáng ()
島嶼女王 / 岛屿女王 Dǎoyǔ Nǚwáng ()
The Czech Republic Flag.png Czech Kahuna
The Netherlands Flag.png Dutch Kahuna
France Flag.png French Doyen ()
Doyenne ()
Germany Flag.png German Inselkönig ()
Inselkönigin ()
Hungary Flag.png Hungarian Kahuna
Italy Flag.png Italian Kahuna
South Korea Flag.png Korean 섬의 왕 Seom-ui Wang ()
섬의 여왕 Seom-ui Yeowang ()
Poland Flag.png Polish Kahuna
Portuguese Brazil Flag.png Brazil Kahuna
Portugal Flag.png Portugal Kahuna da ilha
Russia Flag.png Russian Вождь острова Vozhd' ostrova
Кахуна Kakhuna
Spain Flag.png Spanish Kahuna


Trial Captains and Island Kahunas of the Alola region
Verdant Cavern
VSIlima.png
Ilima
Brooklet Hill
VSLana.png
Lana
Wela Volcano Park
VSKiawe.png
Kiawe
Lush Jungle
VSMallow.png
Mallow
Hokulani Observatory
VSSophocles.png
Sophocles
Thrifty Megamart
VSAcerola.png
Acerola
None
VSMina.png
Mina
Melemele Island
VSHala.png
Hala
Akala Island
VSOlivia.png
Olivia
Ula'ula Island
VSNanu.png
Nanu
Poni Island
VSHapu.png
Hapu


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