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Island Kahuna

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In the anime
[[File:SM010 Ash VS Hala.png|thumb|{{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. To date, Ash and {{ashcl}} have encountered the following Island Kahunas:
* [[Hala]] made his debut in ''[[SM009|To Top a Totem!]]'', where he watched over Ash while he completed the [[Verdant Cavern]] trial. In ''[[SM010|Trial and Tribulation!]]'' Ash fought him, won, and received a new [[Electrium Z]] after {{DL|RecurringGuardian wild Pokémon in thedeities (anime)|Tapu Koko}} swapped Hala's [[Fightinium Z]] with it.
* [[Olivia]] first appeared in person in ''[[SM031|The Island Whisperer!]]'', where she brought Ash's class to [[Akala Island]]. After completing the [[Lush Jungle]] trial in ''[[SM035|Currying Favor and Flavor!]]'', Ash battled Olivia in ''[[SM036|Trials and Determinations!]]'' and won, earning a [[Rockium Z]].
* [[Nanu]]'s first appearance was in ''[[SM073|Why Not Give Me a Z-Ring Sometime?]]'', where he gave {{TRT}} a [[Z-Power Ring]] as thanks for helping [[Acerola]]. Ash met him in ''[[SM074|Tough Guy Trials!]]'', and then battled him in a grand trial in ''[[SM077|Guiding an Awakening!]]'' and won, earning a [[Lycanium Z]] as a reward. In the {{pkmn|anime}}, he is an old acquaintance of {{an|Giovanni}}.
* Like in the games, Poni Island has no Island Kahuna as of [[SM104]], when Ash and his classmates arrived to the island to conduct their personal research projects. [[Hapu]] first appeared in the same episode. Like in the games, she is presently not a Kahuna, but her grandfather, Sofū, was the Island's second most recent. As revealed in the [[SM105|following episode]], Hapu had been training to follow in her grandfather's footsteps, but has not been able to meet {{DL|RecurringGuardian wild Pokémon in thedeities (anime)|Tapu Fini}} despite multiple attempts to get in touch with it. In [[SM108]], Tapu Fini accepted Hapu after witnessing her desire to save her friends from Tapu Fini's illusory mist, and was officially instated as Poni Island's Kahuna in a ceremony in [[SM109]]. The night after the ritual, Ash battled Hapu and won, earning a [[Steelium Z]], as chosen by {{AP|Pikachu}}, as a reward.
In ''[[SM011|Young Kiawe Had a Farm!]]'', [[Kiawe's grandfather]] was mentioned to have been a Kahuna prior to the start of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. In [[SM104]], it is mentioned that the previous {{isl|Poni}} Island Kahuna, unrelated to Hapu or her grandfather, had retired due to age and illness.