Poni Island

Poni Island ポニじま
Poni Island
"Wild Missingno. appeared!"
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Location: Southwest Alola
Region: Alola
Generations: VII
Alola Poni Island Map.png
Location of Poni Island in Alola.
Pokémon world locations

Poni Island (Japanese: ポニじま Poni Island) is the southwestern of the four major islands of Alola. Tapu Fini is the island's guardian deity.


Poni Island has one Captain, Mina, for the island challenge, but in Pokémon Sun and Moon, she has not decided on an official trial location or format, and thus does not conduct a trial when first met. The player does, however, encounter an ancient trial in the depths of Vast Poni Canyon, where they meet the present-day captain. At the end, they battle a Totem Kommo-o and its allies for ownership of a Dragonium Z.

Mina's trial is exclusive to Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Hapu was recently appointed as its island kahuna, and is in charge of its grand trial.

In Sun and Moon, Poni Island's trials are unique in that its grand trial is initiated first before its other trial. In Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, this order is reversed to match the trial order on the other islands. Poni Island is also the only island to have a trial not directed by a Captain.

Generation VII Region: Alola
Trial Captain
Type Totem Pokémon Ally Pokémon
None Vast Poni Canyon
Great Canyon of Poni
Hakamo-o and ScizorSM
Noivern and ScizorUSUM
マツリカ Matsurika
NoneSM NoneSM
Seafolk Village
Seafolk Village
Blissey and PelipperUSUM

Grand trial

Grand trial
Generation VII Region: Alola
Island kahuna
Type Trial Stamp
ハプウ Hapū
Vast Poni CanyonSM
Great Canyon of Poni
Poni Trial Completion
Exeggutor IslandUSUM
Nassy Island

Locations on Poni Island

Poni Island in Pokémon Sun and Moon

Manga-exclusive locations

In the anime

Poni Island in the anime

Poni Island first appeared in A Dream Encounter!, in which Professor Burnet, Lusamine, Faba, and Wicke were seen at the Altar of the Sunne, investigating reported sightings of the Ultra Beasts, only to find nothing.

The island served as one of the main settings of events from Family Determination! to 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!. After Lusamine had been kidnapped and taken into Ultra Space by a Nihilego, Lillie and Gladion traveled to Poni Island in order to visit the Altar of the Sunne and get the help of Alola's Legendary Pokémon in order to save their mother. After making their way through Vast Poni Canyon, they were joined by Ash, Professor Kukui, and the rest of Lillie's classmates. Upon reaching the altar, the group was surprised to encounter the four guardian deities of Alola, who helped Nebby to evolve into Solgaleo. With Solgaleo's help, Ash and his classmates traveled into Ultra Space, successfully rescuing Lusamine before returning back to their own world.

Ash and his classmates traveled to Poni Island again in That's Some Spicy Island Research! to fulfill a set of personal projects for the Pokémon School: Lillie's project was to observe the wild Pokémon living on the island, Kiawe's was to train himself to become stronger, Lana's was to train with Ida, Mallow's was to develop a new recipe for her family restaurant, Sophocles's was to evolve his Charjabug, and Ash's was to compete in the Poni Island grand trial. During their stay, they also encountered Gladion, who had also come to the island to compete in its grand trial. Following Ash's successful grand trial against the newly appointed island kahuna Hapu in A Grand Debut!, the class returned to Melemele Island, each of them having succeeded in their personal projects.

The class briefly revisited Poni Island in A High-Speed Awakening! in order for Sophocles to participate in the Vikavolt race. Despite Team Rocket trying to steal the participating Pokémon, the race was eventually finished properly, with Sophocles barely emerging victorious against his rival Horacio. As a reward for winning the race, Sophocles was awarded with a Buginium Z, while Hapu also gave him a Z-Ring after hearing about how he had helped saving all the Vikavolt from being stolen by Team Rocket.

In the manga

Movie adaptations

Poni Island appeared in ICYR1, where it was site of one of Ash's island trial. In that trial, he encountered a Totem Kommo-o and battled it. After Ash remembered the day that he met Pikachu, he was able to defeat Kommo-o, clearing the trial.

Pokémon Adventures

Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon arc

Poni Island first appeared in Thieving and Boss Crabominable, where it was revealed that most of its residents had been evacuated due to Ultra Beasts rampaging across Alola.

Once arriving at the island, Sun separated from Moon and Anabel, eager to deliver the Mirage Berry to Tapu Fini. He encountered Hapu along the way, who was able to be recognized as an island kahuna by Tapu Fini. Meanwhile, Faba arrived at Vast Poni Canyon with a group of masked Employees, where they headed for Poni Altar while also planning to capture Hapu. After some fight, Sun and Moon were taken to the alter by the four guardian deities and awakened the Legendary Pokémon Lunala and Solgaleo. However, Sun was soon dragged into a large Ultra Wormhole with Moon following him. The island was then occupied by the Ultra Beasts and Lusamine.

After six months, Trial Captains were shown training on Exeggutor Island in preparation against the Ultra Beasts.


  • This is the only one of Alola's four main islands to lack any traditionally numbered routes.
  • Aside from the frequent reuse of the proper noun 'Poni', this is the only one of Alola's four main islands that doesn't feature a landmark or settlement with a Hawaiian name.


Main article: Pokémon world in relation to the real world → Alola

Poni Island's real-life counterpart is the Hawaiian island of Kauai. Purple is the island's official color.[1]

Name origin

Poni is Hawaiian for purple.

In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 波尼島 Bōnèih Dóu
Mandarin 波尼島 / 波尼岛 Bōní Dǎo
  Danish Poni-øen
  Dutch Poni Eiland
  Finnish Poni-saari
  French Poni
  German Poni
  Italian Poni
  Korean 포니섬 Poni Seom
  Norwegian Poniøya
  Polish Wyspa Poni
  Brazilian Portuguese Ilha de Poni (anime)
Ilha Poni (TCG)
  Russian Остров Пони Ostrov Poni
  Spanish Poni
  Swedish Poni-ön


Melemele IslandAkala IslandUla'ula IslandPoni IslandAether Paradise
Iki TownHau'oli CityHeahea CityPaniola TownKonikoni CityMalie CityTapu VillagePo Town
Seafolk VillagePokémon League
Mahalo TrailTrainers' SchoolHau'oli CemeteryBerry fieldsVerdant CavernMelemele MeadowSeaward CaveKala'e Bay
Ten Carat HillPaniola RanchBrooklet HillMelemele SeaDiglett's TunnelRoyal AvenueBattle Royal DomeWela Volcano Park
Lush JungleMemorial HillAkala OutskirtsRuins of LifeHano Grand ResortHano BeachMalie GardenMount Hokulani
Hokulani ObservatoryBlush MountainUla'ula BeachAether HouseThrifty Megamart (Abandoned Site)Haina Desert
Ruins of AbundanceUla'ula MeadowLake of the MooneLake of the SunneShady HousePoni WildsAncient Poni Path
Poni Breaker CoastRuins of HopeExeggutor IslandVast Poni CanyonAltar of the SunneAltar of the MooneMount Lanakila
Ruins of ConflictPoni GrovePoni PlainsPoni MeadowResolution CavePoni CoastPoni GauntletBattle Tree
Festival PlazaPoké PelagoBig Wave BeachSandy CaveHeahea BeachPikachu ValleyDividing Peak Tunnel
Kantonian GymPoni BeachPlains GrottoTeam Rocket's Castle
Ultra Space
Ultra Deep SeaUltra MegalopolisMegalo TowerUltra JungleUltra DesertUltra PlantUltra ForestUltra CraterUltra Ruin
Ultra Space Wilds

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