Posted on February 05 2018
I first met Kendall Grove when I got off the plane in Maui in December 2017. He came to pick me up in his Toyota SUV with his two sons. He's just one of those guys you just instantly like. We only sign athletes and entertainers that we feel a connection with, and after hearing his story, I really wanted to meet him and feature him in one of our on-location photo shoots.
As we drove through the back roads of Maui, he talked about his deep love for his children and his wife. He laughed as he told me about growing up on Maui and how he got started in fighting. But the greatest story he told me was about something that recently happened with his 12 year old son. His family comes to many of his fights. At one of his recent matches, he lost. And when he came out of the ring, really down, his son asked him, "Dad. did you try your hardest? And Kendall replied, Yeah, I really did." And his son told him, "That's all that matters. I'm really proud of you!" And he gave him a big hug. I felt the tears well up in my eyes as he told me this story - Ya Kendall Grove's wealth isn't about dollars, or victories - it's about living in paradise with the people that mean more to him than anything in the world.
- Jonathan Oe / Photo: Ivan Avila, IvanAvilaPhIvaotography.com