Kanesa Duncan and Joanna Philippoff
Kanesa Duncan and Joanna Philippoff

Voice of the Sea won a 2017 Bronze Telly Award for an episode about Our Project in Hawai‛i’s Intertidal (OPIHI). A signature project of the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Center and the College of Education Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), the television series has won numerous awards since it began airing in January 2014.

“We are thrilled to receive recognition not only for the Voice of the Sea episode, but also for the OPIHI project,” said Host Dr. Kanessa Duncan. “The Telly Award demonstrates the synergistic impact of educators and scientists working together to discover, teach, and share.”

The OPIHI episode, titled Intertidal Algae and Invertebrates, explores the different types of algae and invertebrates with researchers from the project who are working with teachers and students around Hawai‛i to monitor the health of the intertidal environment. A citizen science program, OPIHI provides students with opportunities to improve their scientific skills while gathering important data in an area that has not been well-studied in Hawai‛i.

On August 27, 2017, an episode of Voice of the Sea covered the Mālama Honua Summit and Hōkūle‘a Homecoming events. With high-profile and award-winning shows like this, KFVE General Manager John Fink shared that the show’s weekly numbers have more than tripled since last year.

In its first year on television, Voice of the Sea received six Telly Awards. The premier awards program has been honoring excellence and supporting creativity in local, regional, and cable television programming since 1978. Voice of the Sea was selected out of more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents. The show airs Sundays at 6:00pm on KFVE (channels 5 and 1005).

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