Sea Grant TV series wins awards for coverage of sea-level rise and coastal erosion

The Voice of the Sea television series, produced by the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College program, won two 2018 Telly Awards for educational episodes focused on sea-level rise and coastal erosion in Hawaiʻi.

The Telly Awards honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV programming. Voice of the Sea was selected for awards out of a highly competitive field of more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and 5 continents.

Voice of the Sea won a silver Telly for the episode “Sea Level Rise and the Ala Wai Canal,” which highlights how rising sea levels in Waikīkī will impact the state’s critical infrastructure and fresh water supplies. The episode also showcases Sea Grant’s popular citizen science program: the Hawaiʻi and Pacific Islands King Tides Project.

The program was awarded a bronze Telly for the episode “Coastal Erosion on Maui.” It examines West Maui’s eroding beaches—where large condominiums are being threatened by loss of sand and severe erosion—and interviews Sea Grant faculty who are partnering with the community to develop viable solutions.

Voice of the Sea has won 16 Telly Awards since 2014.

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