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Kiawe (Japanese: カキ Kaki) is a student at the Pokémon School on Melemele Island and one of Ash's classmates. He made his debut in Alola to New Adventure!.
Prior to enrolling in the Pokémon School, Kiawe completed Olivia's grand trial on Akala Island, and received a Z-Ring and Firium Z from her.
Kiawe was first seen in Alola to New Adventure!, flying his Charizard to school. Later, he was seen in front of the school's entrance, being harassed by Team Skull Grunts. The grunts challenged him to a Pokémon battle, and if they won, they would get his Charizard. Kiawe accepted the battle, but was surprised to see Ash and Pikachu step in to assist him. Using his Turtonator, Kiawe was able to fend off Team Skull's Yungoos and Zubat with ease. He then had Turtonator unleash its Z-Move, Inferno Overdrive, wiping out Team Skull's Pokémon.
In the next episode, Kiawe noticed the Z-Ring on Ash's wrist and was surprised to discover that Ash got his Z-Ring from the guardian deity Tapu Koko. Kiawe was uncertain if Ash had the resolve to use Z-Moves, but was satisfied to hear Ash answer that he would respect the power of Z-Moves.
The next day, Kiawe and the rest of Ash's classmates treated Ash to a surprise welcoming party. As part of Kiawe's surprise, he challenged Ash to a Tauros race and won. Kiawe and the others later followed Ash into the jungle, where he witnessed a battle between Ash and the guardian deity. After the battle, Kiawe noticed that Ash's Electrium Z had shattered, and told Ash that he was not yet ready to perform Z-Moves as he hadn't cleared trials yet. After everyone else agreed to help Ash, Kiawe reluctantly agreed to help as well.
In Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, Kiawe agreed to take Ash with him on his deliveries. He later took Ash to his family's ranch on Akala Island, where he introduced Ash to his family. After a day of working at the ranch, Ash noticed Kiawe training with his Turtonator. Kiawe then revealed that his Z-Ring and his Charizard used to belong to his grandfather and that he had cleared Olivia's grand trial in order to inherit the Z-Ring. He also told Ash that his grandfather had inspired him to master Fire-type Z-Moves.
The next day, Kiawe and Ash went on a delivery for Harry, but were attacked by the Team Skull Grunts they had encountered previously. After Ash defeated the grunts, the two finished their delivery and had a battle afterwards.
Kiawe attends school while helping at his family's farm, delivering packages to far off islands with his Charizard. Of Ash's classmates, he is the most experienced Trainer, having been entrusted with a Z-Ring by Island Kahuna Olivia, that once belonged to his grandfather, a former Kahuna himself. As a result, Kiawe holds a deep respect for the importance of Z-Rings and Z-Moves to the point where in Crystal-Clear Sleuthing!, when he discovered that Ash had supposedly lost his Electrium Z, he furiously chased Ash down and attempted to attack him with a Z-Move.
Kiawe is calm, collected, and confident in his abilities. When Ash stepped in to help Kiawe when outnumbered by Team Skull, Kiawe insisted he didn't need the newcomer's help. As shown in Lillie's Egg-xhilarating Challenge!, Kiawe did not so much as flinch after Sophocles's Togedemaru crashed into his face. In contrast, he appears to be overprotective of his younger sister, Mimo, who does not take well to her brother's coddling.
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This listing is of the trials Kiawe has cleared in the Alola region:
Kiawe has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:
|| カキ Kaki
|| From 柿 kaki (Asian persimmon) and 火気 kaki (fire)
| English, French,
|| From kiawe, a species of mesquite tree whose wood is a source of long-lasting firewood and charcoal
|| Similar to English name
|| 키아웨 Kiawe
|| Transliteration of English name
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 卡奇 Kǎqí
|| Transliteration of Japanese name
| Chinese (Cantonese)
|| 卡奇 Kākèih
|| Transliteration of Japanese name
|| Киаве Kiave
|| Transcription of English name