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Kiawe (anime)

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{{series|Sun & Moon}}
Kiawe debuted in ''[[SM001|Alola to New Adventure!]]'', where he was flying his {{TP|Kiawe|Charizard}} to school. Later, he was seen in front of the school's entrance, being harassed by a group of {{tc|Team Skull Grunt}}s. The grunts challenged him to a [[Pokémon battle]], and if they won, they would get his Charizard. Kiawe accepted the challenge, but was surprised to see {{Ash}} and {{AP|Pikachu}} step in to assist him. Using his Turtonator, Kiawe was able to fend off Team Skull's {{p|Yungoos}} and {{p|Zubat}} with ease. He then had Turtonator unleash its [[Z-Move]], {{m|Inferno Overdrive}}, wiping out Team Skull's Pokémon.
In ''[[SM002|The Guardian's Challenge!]]'', Kiawe noticed the Z-Ring on Ash's wrist and was surprised to discover that Ash got his Z-Ring from the [[Guardian deities|guardian deity]] {{DL|Guardian deities (anime)|Tapu Koko}}. Kiawe was uncertain if Ash had the resolve to use Z-Moves, but was satisfied to hear Ash answer that he would respect thetheir power of Z-Moves. The next day, Kiawe and the rest of Ash's classmates treated Ash to a surprise welcoming party. As part of Kiawe's surprise, he challenged Ash to a {{p|Tauros}} race and won. Kiawe and the others later followed Ash into the jungle, where he witnessed a battle between Ash and the guardian deity. After the battle, Kiawe noticed that Ash's [[Electrium Z]] had shattered, and told Ash that he was not yet ready to perform Z-Moves as he hadn't cleared trials yet. After everyone else agreed to help Ash, Kiawe reluctantly agreed to help as well.
In ''[[SM011|Young Kiawe Had a Farm!]]'', Kiawe agreed to take Ash with him on his deliveries. He later took Ash to his family's [[Paniola Ranch|ranch]] on Akala Island, where he introduced Ash to his family. After a day of farm working, Ash noticed Kiawe training with his Turtonator. Kiawe then revealed that his Z-Ring and his Charizard used to belong to his grandfather. He also told Ash that his grandfather had inspired him to master {{type|Fire}} Z-Moves. The next day, Kiawe and Ash went on a delivery for {{OBP|Harry|SM011}}, but were attacked by the Team Skull Grunts they had encountered previously. After Ash defeated the Grunts, the two finished their delivery and had a battle afterwards.
In [[SM129]], Kiawe was among the 151 Trainers taking part in the [[Manalo Conference]]. Using Turtonator, Kiawe participated in the [[Battle Royal]] preliminary round and was among the 16 Trainers remaining at the end. In [[SM131]], he faced [[Acerola]] in his first round battle. Despite Acerola's tricky strategies with her newly-caught {{p|Gengar}}, [[nickname]]d the "Greedy Rapooh", Kiawe eventually emerged victorious, advancing to the second round. Later, it was revealed his next opponent would be Sophocles.
In [[SM133]], Kiawe faced Sophocles in the second round, and before their battle started, Sophocles revealed he started to enjoy battling and wished to defeat Kiawe one day despite knowing how strong he is. The battle continued in the [[SM134|next episode]], where, after a fierce exchange of attacks, Kiawe eventually emerged as the winner. After the second round ended, it was revealed Kiawe's next opponent would be Gladion.