Kiawe is a former Trial Captain of Akala Island.
Kiawe is teenage boy with dark skin and red and black hair. When Buddyized, his hair is carefully gelled against his head with his read forelocks curled near his forehead. He wears a white shirt and a red tie under a matching red cardigan. He wears black slacks, paired with a belt, and brown loafers. His sweater is adorned with the Trial Captain symbol. Like all Buddyized characters, his outfit's colors match his standard outfit's.
Kiawe is very eager to please while Buddyized, regardless of who he's talking to and their intentions. He is extremely calm, even when being confronted. He is mildly flirtatious, though this is only directed toward Mallow.
His standard personality is significantly different.
Team Buddy Returns
Kiawe appears alongside Mallow in the Lush Jungle, already completely Buddyized. They're helping in the production of Lucid Mist, with one of them singing a lullaby to the Musharna producing the mist while the other cleans her. When Sirius/Stella reveal themselves, Kiawe and Mallow remain relentlessly cheerful, even when deciding they need to stop the trainer. They battle Sirius/Stella and are defeated, but that isn't enough to break their Buddyization. They want to be helpful and stop the Lucid Mist production, but their boss told them they couldn't do that; however, they do explain how to shut off the machine.
Once Lillie and Buddy arrive with the antidote ingredients and make the curative malasada, Sirius/Stella gives Mallow and Kiawe each half of one. They are both very hesitant to eat it, due to the rancid smell, but their Buddyization compels them to be polite and eat it. They immediately spit them out and complain about the taste, completely cured, but they become confused when they find themselves wearing 50s-style clothing.
Encounter 1 (Double Battle with Mallow): Growlithe, Alolan Marowak
- Khyllax voices Kiawe in Team Buddy Returns.
- Kiawe was a Trial Captain, though he has retired since USUM.
- Although Kiawe and Mallow have pet names for each other while Buddyized, it is unknown whether they are actually a couple or if it's simply an effect of Lucid Mist.
- Kiawe and Mallow were winning characters of the Buddyizing Bonanza. They are the first Buddyized versions of the winning characters to appear.