カノア Kanoa
Gender Male
Hometown Seafolk Village
Region Alola
Anime debut Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!
English voice actor Graham Halstead
Japanese voice actor Yūji Ueda

Kanoa (Japanese: カノア Kanoa) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He and his girlfriend Ida belong to the Seafolk, a group of people who travel around the seas of the world. To fund their travels, Kanoa is an underwater treasure hunter and also features in Ida's street performances.


While stopping in Hau'oli City in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!, Kanoa had not been able to find any treasure, despite his best efforts. In order to make an income, Ida decided to perform on the streets with her Brionne. While doing so, she and Kanoa met up with Ash, Lana, and Mallow.

Days later, Kanoa discovered that a Mystic Water could be found in a sunken ship off the coast of Melemele Island. He went to retrieve it along with Ida, Ash, Lana and Mallow but discovered that it was guarded by a wild Dhelmise. After Lana successfully scared the Dhelmise off with her Popplio using their newly perfected Z-Move Hydro Vortex, Kanoa was able to collect the Mystic Water. He gave it to Ida as a present, and afterwards they said their farewells to Ash, Lana and Mallow as they set off to their next destination.

He reappeared in Evolving Research!, where he and Ida met up with Lana and her classmates again in Seafolk Village. Kanoa revealed that he and Ida would embark on a journey the next day in search of more treasure. He was later present at his and Ida's farewell party. The next morning, Ida gave Lana her very own Primarium Z Crystal after Kanoa located a second one on the seafloor. The two left Poni Island again after bidding farewell to Lana and her classmates.


Kanoa is a free spirited individual who enjoys surfing and his Seafolk lifestyle. He is particularly knowledgeable about the dangers within the sea and captains his Steelix house boat with confidence. Though Kanoa is persistent, going to great lengths to impress Ida with his underwater treasure finds.


This listing is of Kanoa's known Pokémon in the anime:


Brionne encases Kanoa in a water balloon and often accompanies him during his deep sea treasure dives like in Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!.

Similar to Lana's Popplio, it is able to make water balloons of varying size and color.

Brionne's only known move is Aqua Jet. Brionne can also perform the Z-Move Hydro Vortex.

Debut Balloons, Brionne, and Belligerence!
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Eileen Stevens

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese うえだゆうじ Yūji Ueda
English Graham Halstead
Finnish Ilkka Villi
European French Gaëtan Wenders
Polish Aleksandar Milićević
Brazilian Portuguese Felipe Drummond
Spanish Latin America Francisco Klee
Spain Fer Delgado


  • Kanoa's name and the fact that he uses a surfboard may be a reference to the professional surfer, Kanoa Igarashi.


Language Name Origin
Japanese カノア Kanoa From Kanoa Igarashi or canoa (Latin for canoe)
English Kanoa From his Japanese name
Italian, European Spanish Keanu Similar to his English name
Brazilian Portuguese Carlos Similar to his English name

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