Island kahuna

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
Island Location
ハラ Hala
Melemele Island
Iki Town
Liliʻi Town
ライチ Lychee
Akala Island
Ruins of Life
Ruins of Life
クチナシ Kuchinashi
Ula'ula Island
Malie City
Malie City
ハプウ Hapū
Poni Island
Vast Poni CanyonSM
Great Canyon of Poni
Exeggutor IslandUSUM
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.

In the manga

Three of the four island kahunas in Pokémon Adventures

Pokémon Adventures

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

In The Delivery of Rotom and the Girl, the island kahunas met in Malie Garden to discuss the recent sightings of the guardian deities, coming to the conclusion that they had been angered, and decided to revive the old tradition of island challenge to appease them.

In Thieving and Boss Crabominable, the island kahunas agreed to make Hapu the next kahuna of Poni Island in Iki Town, a decision that was verified when Tapu Fini gave her a Sparkling Stone.


  • 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.
  • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, there is a Zygarde Core at each Kahuna's home.
  • 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 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
Brooklet Hill
Wela Volcano Park
Lush Jungle
Hokulani Observatory
Thrifty Megamart
Seafolk Village
Melemele Island
Akala Island
Ula'ula Island
Poni Island

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