On January 5, 2014, Voice of the Sea began airing on KFVE channel 5 and HD channel 1005. The half-hour show, on Sundays at 6:00 p.m., features ocean and coastal scientists and cultural experts from Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. It is hosted by Dr. Kanesa Duncan Seraphin, associate professor at the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG) in the College of Education at the University of Hawai‘i (UH) at Mānoa and director of the UH Sea Grant Center of Excellence in Marine Science Education.
Feedback has been incredibly positive with audiences from across the Pacific, continental U.S., and even land-locked regions of Canada. Teachers of all grade levels are using the show in their classrooms; Maui College is integrating Voice of the Sea with their “science of the sea” course.
A signature project of the UH Sea Grant Center, in partnership with CRDG, Voice of the Sea aims to inspire an interest in ocean science and to teach relatable concepts about our relationship with the ocean and planet. Filled with real-life stories of remarkable people who are making a positive difference, the show also aims to encourage students to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Seraphin is a world paddleboard champion, shark researcher, and science education expert who has appeared on other science television programs, including National Geographic and BBC. “This is my first hosting experience, and I’m extremely proud of Voice of the Sea,” she said. “We show what it’s really like to study ocean science across a variety of topics from traditional navigation to deep-sea exploration and from microscopic plankton to endangered marine mammals.”