Kekahi Graham’s summer fun continues with QB honors at Poly Bowl Combine

From Honolulu to Dallas to Utah to Las Vegas to Utah and Miami, Kekahi Graham's summer of 2021 has been a blast. Paul Honda/

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.”


  1. ??? July 11, 2021 6:34 am

    You gotta give this kid credit.
    He is earning MVP honors @ most camps, earning scholarships and getting high praise from coaches all over but still will not even start @ his own high school.
    Most kids would transfer to another school to start & play rather than sit behind AJ Bianco.

  2. DonMarie Chung July 11, 2021 12:32 pm

    Gram is always amazed with your achievements. The boy that was born with a football in your hand. Kekahi your a Blessing Love you.

  3. Honestly July 11, 2021 3:18 pm

    To be honest, quarterbacking is a learning process that for many begins as early as 5th and 6th Grade Elementary School. Kekahi is in the right spot at the right time. He will learn from excellent teachers who have taught others to move forward to the next level. To be honest, would Taulia be in a better position today had he stayed at St Louis like his brother instead of Kapolei?

  4. Nicole July 11, 2021 3:38 pm

    So proud of you Kahi, keep striving!!!

  5. ILoveHawaii July 12, 2021 9:12 am

    And Circle (???) gets the square.

    Yup. What can you do?
    The only thing he can do, prove at practice that he is better than the Bianco kid.
    All the recognition means nothing to Coach Ron.

    Goes back to my question, sit and be a Champ or seek another team where he can start.
    Kind of feel that he would have benefitted by transferring out to the mainland during Covid.
    But maybe that wasnt an option or even desired.

    Good luck to this young man. Solid family and a great kid. Cmon UH!!!

  6. ??? July 12, 2021 1:19 pm

    @ Honestly
    Why would Taulia sit behind Tua @ STL when he could start & shatter records as a Freshman @ Kapolei !
    He was so good that June Jones went to coach him @ Kapolei. His dad obviously made an excellent choice.
    Everybody today thinks you need to play @ STL or Mililani to get a scholarship? “FALSE”

  7. ILoveHawaii July 12, 2021 3:29 pm

    Millilani is giving out scholarships???
    No wonder they have all those polys in Millalani.

  8. Facts of High School Football In Hawaii Sad But True July 14, 2021 9:27 am

    Yes Mililani is giving out scholarships. Gratitude Scholarships and making promises that cant be keeped, Check the roster, 50% of the team does not live in Mililani.

    Is Mililani Great because of players or coaching? you tell me

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