Yawa is a tribe from Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers. They are the "Hustlers" tribe, consisting of players who are praised for their work ethic and who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
Yawa became the underdogs after losing first place in the opening challenge, followed by two Tribal Councils. After the tribe switch, the new Yawa dominated the challenges, and three Hustlers would reach the merge. Their tribe color is red.
Yawa got off to a slow start, losing the opening challenge and missing out on fire. Ryan Ulrich and Devon Pinto formed an alliance on Day 1, while Ali Elliott and Patrick Bolton formed an alliance as well. Meanwhile, Simone Nguyen quickly found herself on the bottom of her tribe due to her inability to gel with the rest of the group. Patrick also started to rub Lauren Rimmer the wrong way with his boisterous personality. Ali managed to earn the trust of her tribemates.
When Yawa lost immunity on Day 6, the targets were on Simone for her weakness in the challenge and Patrick for his unpredictability. At Tribal Council, Simone was unanimously voted out.
Patrick's personality continued to wear on his tribe. Ali was thrown into a dilemma between keeping a loyal ally or maintaining tribe morale. Lauren was the other target due to her age and perceived weakness. At the Immunity Challenge, Patrick insisted on knocking all of his tribe's blocks down despite Lauren trying to intervene. This cost Yawa immunity, and increased the target on Patrick's back. At camp, Lauren campaigned against Patrick while he tried and failed to placate Lauren. The trio of Ali, Devon, and Ryan weighed their options and in the end, Patrick was voted out unanimously for costing his tribe the challenge.
As a result of the tribe switch, Lauren was the only original Yawa member to remain on the tribe, and was joined by original Soko members Cole Medders, Jessica Johnston, and Mike Zahalsky, and original Levu member Ben Driebergen.
After winning the Reward Challenge, Jessica found an advantage in her bag of potato chips which allowed her to block the vote of a tribe member who would be attending the next Tribal Council. She shared this information with Mike and Cole, the latter of whom decided to divulge the information to outsiders Ben and Lauren. They decided to leverage Cole's leak, and this caused Jessica to lose trust in her tightest ally. Ultimately, Yawa won the Immunity Challenge and Jessica decided to block Devon from voting at Levu's Tribal Council.
Mike managed to find a Hidden Immunity Idol with the help of Jessica. Cole's antics continued to rub Ben, Mike, and Lauren the wrong way and caused them to target him. Despite hoarding food to sustain himself, Cole fainted on Day 15, which gave Mike and Ben even more of a reason to target him. However, Cole was spared when Yawa won immunity.
The five members of post-switch Yawa made it to the merge.
- Yawa's camp was previously used as the camp site for Vanua and Vinaka in Millennials vs. Gen X and Tavua in Game Changers.