Kiawe's grandfather

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Kiawe's grandfather

Kiawe's grandfather is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. He was an island kahuna of Akala Island and Olivia's immediate predecessor.

In the anime


Kiawe's grandfather debuted in a flashback in Young Kiawe Had a Farm!, where Kiawe explained that his grandfather was his inspiration to become a Fire-type Trainer.

He was mentioned in A Shivering Shovel Search!, where Kiawe told Ash that his grandfather used to warn him about lone shovels on the beach, as they could belong to Sandygast.

In a flashback in A Crowning Moment of Truth!, he hosted a past Wela Fire Festival on Akala Island, where Trainers get their Pokémon to wear the Wela Crown (Japanese ヴェラの冠 Crown of Wela).

In The Young Flame Strikes Back!, Kiawe mentioned that his grandfather was once the protector of Kiawe's family's Paniola Ranch.

In That's Some Spicy Island Research!, Kiawe mentioned that Hapu's late grandfather Sofu was best friends with his own grandfather.

In a flashback in Run, Heroes, Run!, Kiawe remembered what his grandfather had taught him as he and Charizard were diving towards the ground. He was later seen as an apparition created by Tapu Fini alongside Sofu before fading away.


Kiawe's grandfather's wisdom and talents directly influenced Kiawe's desire to become a formidable Fire-type Trainer in his own right. Following his passing, Kiawe inherited Charizard and took on the Akala grand trial to earn his grandfather's Z-Ring. He had an immense respect for the power and grace of Wela Volcano, also instilled in Kiawe. Kiawe's grandfather took great pride in his ceremonial role as Akala's island kahuna and hosting the Wela Fire Festival.


Given away

Main article: Kiawe's Charizard

Charizard originally belonged to Kiawe's grandfather. At some point prior to the start of the series, it was given to Kiawe. It serves as his personal Ride Pokémon, which he uses to make deliveries around Alola's islands.

Debut Alola to New Adventure!
Voice actors
Japanese Unshō Ishizuka (SM001-SM105)
Toru Sakurai (SM106-present)
English Unshō Ishizuka (SM001-SM105)
Toru Sakurai (SM106-present)

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
English Scott Williams
Finnish Markus Bäckman
Polish Adam Bauman (SM011)
Jarosław Boberek (SM107)
Brazilian Portuguese Ricardo Rossatto
European Spanish Jon Ciriano (SM011)
Nacho Aramburu (SM107)

In the games

Kiawe's grandfather reference in Pokémon Masters EX

Pokémon Masters EX

Kiawe's grandfather was often mentioned by Kiawe in his lines in Pokémon Masters EX. In one of those quotes, Kiawe revealed that he was a great dancer and that his grandson's goal is to match him.

Main article: Kiawe's Charizard

In a quote about his grandfather, Kiawe mentioned an occasion where he did a dance alongside his Charizard.

None of the Charizard's moves are known.

Debut Pokémon Masters EX


  • Closed captions refer to him as Kiawe's grandpa.

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