Island Kahuna

018Pidgeot.png It has been suggested that this article be moved to Island kahuna.
Please discuss whether or not to move it on its talk page.

The four Island Kahunas in the anime

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 the assignment of Trial Captains and the final trial. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Poni Island's sole Trial Captain, Mina, says that a kahuna from one of the other islands has to substitute for an island without one in order to allow that island's grand trials to be conducted — a role Nanu had to play prior to Hapu's crowning. However, Mina does not mention who selected her to be a Trial Captain.

List of island kahunas

Island Kahunas
Generation VII Region: Alola
Kahuna
Japanese
Island Location
Japanese
Type
 
Hala
ハラ Hala
 
Melemele Island
Iki Town
リリィタウン
Liliʻi Town
 
Fighting
 
Olivia
ライチ Lychee
 
Akala Island
Ruins of Life
命の遺跡
Ruins of Life
 
Rock
 
Nanu
クチナシ Kuchinashi
 
Ula'ula Island
Malie City
マリエシティ
Malie City
 
Dark
 
Hapu
ハプウ Hapū
 
Poni Island
Vast Poni CanyonSM
ポニの大峡谷
Great Canyon of Poni
 
Ground
Exeggutor IslandUSUM
ナッシー・アイランド
Nassy Island

In the anime

 
Ash challenging Hala in his first Grand Trial

In the Pokémon anime, defeating the Island Kahunas is a major part of Ash's island challenge. Ash and his classmates have encountered all 4 main Island Kahunas from the games:

In Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, Kiawe's grandfather was mentioned to have been a Kahuna prior to the start of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon. In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, it is mentioned that the previous Poni Island Kahuna, unrelated to Hapu or her grandfather, had retired due to age and illness.

In The Dealer of Destruction!, the four Island Kahunas were revealed to have agreed with Professor Kukui to act as referees during the first Alola Pokémon League Conference.

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 bonnet 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 ()
  Czech Kahuna
  Danish Kahuna
  Dutch Eiland-Kahuna
  Finnish Kahuna
  French Doyen ()
Doyenne ()
  German Inselkönig ()
Inselkönigin ()
  Hungarian Kahuna
  Italian Kahuna
  Korean 섬의 왕 Seom-ui Wang ()
섬의 여왕 Seom-ui Yeowang ()
  Norwegian Kahuna
  Polish Kahuna Wyspy
Portuguese   Brazil Kahuna da ilha
  Portugal Kahuna da ilha
  Russian Кахуна Kakhuna*
Вождь острова Vozhd' ostrova
  Spanish Kahuna
  Swedish Ökahuna
  Turkish Ada Kahunası


See also


Trial Captains and Island Kahunas of the Alola region
Verdant Cavern
 
Ilima
Brooklet Hill
 
Lana
Wela Volcano Park
 
Kiawe
Lush Jungle
 
Mallow
Hokulani Observatory
 
Sophocles
Thrifty Megamart
 
Acerola
Seafolk Village
 
Mina
Melemele Island
 
Hala
Akala Island
 
Olivia
Ula'ula Island
 
Nanu
Poni Island
 
Hapu


Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Alola Ace DuoAce TrainerActorUSUMAether Branch ChiefAether FoundationAether Foundation Employee
Aether PresidentAthletic SiblingsBackpackerBeautyBellhopBlack BeltCaptainCollectorCookDancer
Eevee UserElite FourEspeon UserFirefighterFishermanFlareon UserGAME FREAKGentlemanGlaceon User
Golf BuddiesGolferHikerHoneymoonersIsland KahunaJanitorJolteon UserKarate FamilyLassLeafeon User
MadameOffice WorkerPokémon BreederPokémon ProfessorPokémon TrainerPolice OfficerPreschooler
PrincipalPunk GirlPunk GuyPunk PairReporterUSUMRising StarRising Star DuoScientistSightseer
SwimmerSwimmersSwimmer GirlsSylveon UserTeacherTeam AquaUSUMTeam FlareUSUMTeam GalacticUSUM
Team MagmaUSUMTeam PlasmaUSUMTeam SkullTeam Skull AdminTeam Skull BossTeam Skull Grunt
Trial GuideTwinsUmbreon UserVaporeon UserVeteranVeteran DuoWorkerYoungsterYouth Athlete
Capoeira CoupleUSUMDancing FamilyUSUMKantonian GymUSUMMaster & ApprenticeUSUM
Sparring PartnersUSUMSurferUSUMTeam Rainbow RocketUSUMTeam Rainbow Rocket GruntUSUM
Tourist CoupleUSUMUltra Forest KartenvoyUSUltra Recon SquadUSUM
Battle Tree, Battle Royal Dome, and Battle Agency only:
Battle LegendPokémon Center LadyPro Wrestler


  This Trainer Class article is part of Project CharacterDex, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each character found in the Pokémon games.