Kekahi Graham is having a summer blast, earning top-five quarterback honors on Saturday at the Polynesian Bowl Combine at Skippa Diaz Stadium.
“I was trying to go out there and compete. It was a good experience with John (Keawe Sagapolutele), Jarin (Sagapolutele), Kini (McMillan) and Mana (Tarape),” Graham said. “It’s an honor to get an award from Polynesian Bowl Combine. It’s a great camp. I had a lot of fun. Hopefully, I can get selected as a participant for the bowl game.”
The Saint Louis quarterback had quite the travel itinerary as junior year looms. First, he earned MVP honors at a combine in Dallas, then competed in a camp at Texas, where he made an unofficial visit. He flew to Los Angeles and played in the Elite 11 the next day. Graham headed to the Beehive State for a camp at BYU.
“That felt like home with all the Polynesians there,” he said.
A day later, he was at Utah’s camp and made an unofficial visit. Then it was a trip from Salt Lake City back to Provo, where he continued at BYU’s camp.
Next was UNLV. Smoldering hot Las Vegas.
“At that time it was very hot. At 12 o’clock (midnight), it was 105 degrees,” he recalled. “They have no indoor facilities.”
That was followed by another trip to the Beehive State.
“I was at Utah State. That was a great camp. I had lots of fun,” he said.
A return home lasted just one week before he and his parents flew to Miami for an unofficial visit.
“That was a fun camp. Miami was just like Hawaii, but the beaches are not as nice,” Graham said.
Three weeks later, he earned quarterback honors at the combine, one of five QBs selected for the awards.
“I’m just competing for the job at Saint Louis,” he said.
The 80-percent plant-based diet, Graham added, is going well.
“Go to Foodland, buy the (canned) pork and beans, but with no pork in it,” he said. “I eat it with rice. It’s very good.”