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[[Hapu]] struggles to pull out a {{wp|radish}} from the ground, though her {{p|Golurk}} does it for her. Hapu then feeds a trio of {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Oricorio|Sensu Style}} {{p|Oricorio}} some radish to thank them. Meanwhile, [[Nurse Joy]] greets {{an|Professor Kukui}}, {{Ash}}, and {{ashcl}} when they arrive at the [[Seafolk Village]] port on [[Poni Island]]. Kukui tells Joy that the students will be left in her care for the next few days. Ash then asks Nurse Joy about her connection to [[Alola]]'s other Joys, and she clarifies that she is the youngest of the four. {{Rotom}} is astounded by her extreme similarity to the other Joys, and Nurse Joy adds that she is the cutest of them all.
Kukui brings everyone's attentions to their personal research projects and asks them to clarify their chosen topics. {{an|Sophocles}} raises his hand first and says that he hopes to [[Evolution|evolve]] his {{TP|Sophocles|Charjabug}} after hearing that Poni Island is the place to do so. Joy informs him that Charjabug can evolve at [[Vast Poni Canyon]]. {{an|Kiawe}} wants to continue {{pkmn|training}} while {{an|Mallow}} is set on sourcing some Poni daikonradish for a new dish for [[Aina's Kitchen]] menu. {{an|Lana}} tells everyone that she will be catching up with [[Ida]]. Kukui notices that {{an|Lillie}} is distracted by something, and she replies that it has been a while since she was last on Poni Island. Ash clarifies that the group were here to save [[Lusamine]] and didn't have much time to explore the island. Lillie then says that she plans on studying Poni Island's Pokémon. Ash, however, is focused on taking on the Poni Island [[Island challenge|grand trial]]. Everyone falls silent and then Kukui informs Ash that Poni Island doesn't have a grand trial because there is currently no [[Island Kahuna]]. Sophocles explains that the former Kahuna recently retired due to his old age. Kukui offers Ash a chance to {{pkmn|battle}} him, but Ash instead decides that he will take on {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Fini}}. Kukui is shocked by Ash's confidence, and Ash goes on to tell Kukui that he can head home now. Lana and the others agree with Ash, and soon Kukui boards the ship back to [[Melemele Island]] to await for his students' reports.
Ash and the others set off to explore Poni Island, reaching the [[Ancient Poni Path]]. Kiawe urges Ash to slow down and assures him that he won't find Tapu Fini any faster. Rotom then spots a Golurk working the fields and scans it into its database. Mallow is thrilled to see Golurk harvest a Poni radish, known for their extreme length. Ash is eager is assist and as he prepares to climb the picket fence he hears a voice that tells him to stay out. The voice commands Golurk to use {{m|Flash Cannon}}. The attack sends Ash and {{AP|Pikachu}} hurtling away, but {{TP|Mallow|Tsareena}} manages to stop their momentum. Hapu reveals herself to the group and challenges them; assuming that they are radish thieves. Ash accepts the challenge and has Pikachu make the first move, a {{m|Quick Attack}}. Hapu remains stern and states that Quick Attack won't work because of Golurk's {{t|Ghost}} typing. Pikachu then strikes Golurk's leg with an {{m|Iron Tail}}, causing the giant Pokemon to fall into a kneeling position. Hapu takes note of Ash's strategy and under her breath admits that it was clever. Ash has Pikachu go in for another Quick Attack and Iron Tail combo, but Golurk grabs a hold of Pikachu's tail and slams him into the ground. Pikachu is then knocked out by Golurk's {{m|High Horsepower}}. Hapu warns Ash’s group to not return to steal her crops before walking off with her Golurk and {{p|Mudsdale}}.
Ash and his friends return to the [[Pokémon Center]], and Pikachu makes a swift recovery thanks to its treatment. Joy overhears Ash and Kiawe's conversation about the Golurk {{pkmn|Trainer}} they met, and she adds that the girl's name is Hapu. Nurse Joy explains that Hapu prefers to live alone, and while her parents live close by, she is deeply attached to her grandfather [[Sofu]]'s land. Kiawe recognizes the name and claims that [[Kiawe's grandfather|his grandfather]] was friends with Sofu. Joy adds that Hapu grew up around adults, and this contributed to her stubborn determination to win. Lillie is still unsure as to why they were called radish thieves, and Joy replies that Hapu has recently been struggling with a series of thefts. Mallow is keen to taste some Poni radish, and luckily Joy has some remaining. Everyone takes a bite, but Ash, Kiawe, Sophocles, and Lillie finds it too spicy, while Lana, Mallow, and Tsareena enjoy the taste. Then, {{TP|Kiawe|Marowak}} takes a bite and finds it tolerable, much to Kiawe's surprise. The rest of the Pokémon try the radish and all but [[Sandy]] and Charjabug finds the daikonradish too spicy. Joy admits the daikonradish is an acquired taste, but Hapu's produce is particularly good. Meanwhile on Hapu's property, Hapu contemplates Ash's odd decision to send out Pikachu against her Golurk.
Soon, Ash and his friends split up to do their own activities; Lana is going [[fishing]] before catching up with Ida, Lillie and Mallow decide to explore the Seafolk Village markets, Kiawe and Sophocles decide to do more training while Ash is set on locating Tapu Fini. Hapu looks out at the ocean and sets off on her Golurk to do a patrol after noticing that the sea is particularly still. Ash soon reaches [[Poni Beach]], hoping to find Tapu Fini, but he instead finds a group of Oricorio. Suddenly, someone throws out a radish on a string and it immediately attracts one of the Oricorio. The [[Team Skull]] trio, [[Rapp]], [[Tupp]] and [[Zipp]], are then revealed to be the culprits and have already netted themselves several Oricorio. Tupp plans to have the Oricorio perform as dancers to the entrance of Team Skull Paradise. The trio is surprised to see Ash and go on to explain that they are on Poni Island to create Team Skull's Paradise. Tupp declines Ash's demands and the trio then sends out their {{p|Salandit}}, {{p|Zubat}}, and {{p|Garbodor}} against Pikachu.