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An episode of Voice of the Sea, featuring research funded by the Pacific Islands CASC, has won a Bronze Telly Award honoring creative and distinguished local, regional, and cable television programming.

Three research projects funded by the Pacific Islands CASC were recently the focus of a half-hour episode of the Hawai’i Sea Grant-produced science program, Voice of the Sea. The episode, "Adapting Culture to Climate Change”, received a Bronze 2019 Telly Award for excellence in telling stories of scientific and cultural work in the Pacific which motivate the local community toward engagement with environmental and societal issues.

This 30-minute chapter of the acclaimed series highlights PI CASC-funded graduate students Kamala Anthony and Cherie Kauahi, from the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, as they investigate the impacts of a changing environment on the water quality of Hawai’ian fishponds, as well as the relationship between oceanic changes and people’s personal connection to the region. Additionally, the segment follows Noelani Puniwai, Ph.D., of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa as she explores correlations between climate change perceptions and community connectedness.

Check out the award-winning episode here!


Voice of the Sea airs on TV Saturdays at 4:00 pm and Sundays at 5:30 pm, on K5 The Home Team (KFVE). It is a signature project of the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Center for Marine Science Education. Out of a record-shattering 12,000 entries received from all 50 states and 5 continents, Voice of the Sea received 2019 Telly Awards for five total episodes focused on environmental and cultural issues in Hawai‘i. Every episode of Voice of the Sea is available on their website, here.

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