I opened my eyes to see Lucky, our meowth, sitting on my chest.
“Meowth, get off! I’m tired.”
“Meowth!” Meowth continued to sit on my chest.
“That long flight tired me out. I don’t have the energy to play.”
“ALEXIS! YOU HAVE A VISITOR!” I heard my mom calling from downstairs.
“Ugh.” I sat up and meowth jumped off my bed running down the stairs.
Who even knows I’m here? I’ve been in Alola for less than 24 hours most of which was me sleeping due to jet lag. I pulled myself out of bed, still in my pajamas.
“ALEXIS!” I heard my mom call again.
“COMING!” I yelled back as I made my way down the stairs.
Sitting in the living room was a man wearing a lab coat. He wore sunglasses and a white hat with a rainbow on it. However he wasn’t wearing a shirt.
“Alola Alexis, my name is Professor Kukui. Nice to meet you!” The man reached out his hand
“Ummm… Alola.” I reluctantly shook it looking at my Mom for some help.
“Sit down Alexis,” my mom said pulling out a chair.
Both Professor Kukui and I sat down and my mom poured us both some ice water.
“I know it’s late but I wanted to stop by before you meet the Kahuna tomorrow,” Professor Kukui said.
“Tomorrow?” I asked.
“Yeah, isn’t that early? We just arrived here in Alola from Kanto. We haven’t even unpacked our boxes,” My mom said.
“Haha that’s ok. It’s important that you get introduced to the people on Melemele Island. The island Kahuna is the best place to start. Plus you get a chance to get an Alola Pokémon of your own!”
“Oh that’s exciting! You’ve always wanted your own Pokémon,” My mom smiled at me.
“Yeah that’s true,” I said.
“Oh what a cute, little meowth you have there,” Professor Kukui said picking up Lucky. “Alexis, did you know that in Alola we have our own version of certain Pokémon. Locally we call them ‘Alolan Forms.’ They have a slightly different appearance and possibly different typing. The meowths found in Alola look different than the ones in Kanto.”
“Wow that is so cool,” My mom said.
“Yeah that is pretty cool,” I said.
“Meowth!” Meowth jumped onto the floor and ran to my mom’s room.
“Well it looks like meowth is ready for bed,” My mom said.
“Yeah I’m still pretty tired because of the jet lag,” I said.
“I know, let’s make plans to meet outside your house tomorrow morning. We can go meet the island Kahuna and get your first Pokemon.”
“Ok sounds good,” My mom replied.
“See you tomorrow, cousin!” Professor Kukui said.
Professor Kukui left and my mom and I just stared at each other for a little bit before bursting out laughing.
“That was strange,” I laughed.
“Yeah it’s not normal for Professors to show up in the middle of the night without a shirt.”
“Yeah Professor Oak seems normal compared to that guy.”
“Well at least he seems nice. Plus he’s going to take you to see the Kahuna and get your own Pokemon.”
“Yeah I am excited about that.” I admitted.
“You better go to bed now. Tomorrow morning is going to be here before you know it and you’ll need your energy if you want to become a Pokemon master.”
“Thanks for believing in me, Mom!” I yawned and started to rub my eyes.
My mom pushed me gently towards the stairs. I went upstairs and passed out in my bed.
The next morning I woke up and saw that Lucky was on my bed again.
“Meowth get off my bed.”
“ALEXIS! THE PROFESSOR IS HERE!”
Oh crap I’ve overslept! I rolled out of my bed and fell onto the floor in a pile of blankets.
I got up and quickly threw on green shorts and a white, polka dotted shirt. I considered putting my blonde hair up, but saw that my mom had left me a hat next to my bag. Next to the hat read a note:
Here’s a new hat I bought from the neighboring town. I heard they are all the rage in Alola
I picked it up looking at it. A red flower hat which looked pretty dorky to me. But I know my Mom was trying to be nice as well as make sure I fit in with the locals. I grabbed my backpack and tied my shoes.
I threw on the hat and ran downstairs to see Professor Kukui and my mom standing in the living room. The professor still wasn’t wearing a shirt.
“You ready for your first day of Pokémon adventure, cousin?” Professor Kukui asked with a large grin on his face.
“Yeah I guess,” I said with a slight grin.
“I’m sure it will be great,” my Mom said. “And while you’re away, I’ll unpack some things.”
“Ok sounds good.” I kissed my mom on the cheek and then walked out the door with Professor Kukui.
The sun was just coming up and I was able to take in the wonderful sights of the island. The grass was so green here and it seems like every bush had bright, beautiful flowers growing on it.
A group of bird Pokemon flew over our heads.
“Those are pikipek. The woodpecker Pokemon. Flying and normal type,” Professor Kukui told me. “Don’t worry. After you meet the Kahuna, I’ll get you a Pokedex so you can find out all kinds of information about the Alolan Pokemon.”
We followed Route 1 towards Iki town and passed several trainers along the way. Some were jogging, enjoying the weather while another two were battling each other.
“See that one over there,” Professor Kukui pointed at the purple, cat Pokemon. “That’s the Alolan version of Meowth. It’s a dark and normal type so Psychic attacks have no effect on it.”
Professor Kukui pointed to the other Pokemon which looked like a weasel wearing a blonde wig. “That Pokemon is named Yungoos and it’s a normal type Pokemon found all over Melemele Island.”
“Looks kind scary.”
“It all depends on how they are raised. Pokémon aren’t inherently good or evil, just like people. It has a lot due to what kind of environment we are raised in as well as the people we surround ourselves with. Pokémon can be used for evil purposes or they can be used for the betterment of Pokémon and humans. That’s the responsibility all Pokémon trainers.”
“Oh,” I said suddenly feeling pressure on my chest.
“Don’t worry,” Professor Kukui smiled at me. “I can tell that you’re going to be a great trainer who really cares about their Pokémon.”
“Yeah I will,” I said filled with a spark of energy.
“That’s fantastic to hear, Alexis.”
“Alola Professor!” A young boy at the Iki town gate came running up to Professor Kukui.
“How are you doing, cousin?” Professor Kukui asked the boy.
“I was wondering if you could teach my Pokémon a new move.”
“A new move? What’s wrong with the moves it has now?”
“I got beat in a battle today,” the boy said as he hung his head.
“That’s ok. Losing is just as important as winning when it comes to training our Pokémon. We learn from our mistakes and become better because of it.”
This answer didn’t seem to impress the boy.
“Why don’t you go back to the lab with me and I can help you and your Pokémon?”
“Thanks, Professor!” The boy took off running in the direction we just came.
“Well it looks like I have my hands full at the moment. I need to head back to the lab to get your Pokedex anyway. Why don’t you go find the Kahuna.”
“How do I know if I found the Kahuna?” I asked.
“Don’t worry, he looks just like a Kahuna,” Professor Kukui said with a laugh. “If he’s not in Iki Town, you might want to check out Mahalo Trail. He might be there.”
Professor Kukui turned around and began to follow the boy, heading back to his lab. I entered Iki town and looked around. There were a few buildings which I assumed were houses or shops. In the center of the town was a large, wooden stage which looked like it could be used for Pokémon battles. I walked up the stairs onto the stage and looked around. Nobody really looked like they would be a Kahuna. Honestly I didn’t even know what a Kahuna would look like. I remember my Mom said something on the plane ride that the Alola region didn’t have gym leaders like many of the other Pokémon regions in the world and that Kahuna’s were similar. They were strong trainers who had a vested interest in Pokémon conservation, breeding, and establishing rules for Pokémon battles and tournaments.
I was so lost in my thoughts that I hadn’t noticed a middle-aged man had approached the stage. “Oh I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there.”
“That’s ok, miss. You kind of looked lost so I thought I’d approach you,” he said.
“Well thank you,” I replied. “You’re not the Kahuna, are you?”
The man laughed, “No I’m not a Kahuna. He was here this morning but he must have taken off somewhere. Kahunas are very busy with affairs all over the island. I’d check Mahalo Trail.”
He pointed behind me and I saw that there was a path into the woods behind the town.
“Thanks I’ll give it a shot,” I said jumping off the stage onto the ground.”
“No problem, have a great day.”
“Thanks, you too!”
“Alola.” I said before heading towards Mahalo Trail.
I noticed a girl about my age standing there. She was blonde like me but she had a white, wide-brimmed hat, a white dress, white stockings, and white shoes. The only thing that wasn’t white was the Pokeball gym bag she was carrying. She seemed to be talking to herself while looking ahead to Mahalo trail. From this distance I couldn’t tell but I was sure that the bag was squirming.
“Alola!” I called out to the girl, but either she didn’t hear me or she ignored me. The girl then started walking down Mahalo Trail.
That was strange. Maybe she’s somehow connected to the Kahuna. I took off down Mahalo trail trying to catch her.