Episode 4 of the award-winning series receives nomination in the Lifestyle – News or Long Form Content category

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HASHI Media, a digital producer of captivating culinary content, is pleased to announce its award-winning series “Taste Our Love For Hawai’i” has been nominated for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 53rd Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards for Episode 4: Kalo Journey in the Lifestyle – News or Long Form Content category. A record 1,106 entries were submitted in the San Francisco/Northern California regional chapter which includes submissions from Visalia to the Oregon border, along with Hawai‘i, Reno, Nevada, and Guam. This nomination follows last year’s success, where the “Taste Our Love for Hawai‘i” series received two coveted Telly Awards—a Silver Telly for Television-Series: Cultural and a Bronze Telly for Television-Series: Food & Beverage.

“Taste Our Love For Hawai‘i” brings the culinary and cultural stories of Hawai‘i to life on screen. Hosted by the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival founders, Chef Alan Wong, Chef Roy Yamaguchi and Denise Yamaguchi, the series explores and spotlights the natural beauty and bounty of Hawai‘i through the lens of chefs.

“This nomination is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion of our talented team, including Makaha Studios. We are grateful to the Emmy® Chapter Awards Committee for recognizing our commitment to showcasing the culinary excellence of Hawai’i and to the talented chefs, farmers, and cultural practitioners who shared their stories and expertise.”

-Denise Yamaguchi, Executive Producer

Episode 4: Kalo Journey follows five talented chefs from across the country on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of kalo (taro)—highlighting kalo’s important connection to community, culture and ‘āina, challenging the chefs to reimagine this everyday food source for creative culinary uses. Guided by Hawaiian Resource Specialist, Earl Kawa‘a, Chefs Bonny Davis of Kamehameha Schools, Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station, the late Michael Ginor of Restaurant LOLADean James Max of DJM Restaurants and Jason Peel of Nami Kaze, spent time with kalo farmers on O‘ahu & Kaua‘i—working in the lo‘i and learning how to clean, cook and prepare kalo the traditional way—to inspire their own innovative kalo dishes.

The episode documented a larger initiative between Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative, Kamehameha Schools and the Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival to elevate kalo as a unique and important food source, and support local kalo farmers to increase production of Hawaiian-grown kalo. 

“When we set out on this collaboration, our goal was to introduce new audiences to the importance of kalo in Hawaiʻi. This recognition will help our story reach even more people, expanding the understanding and appreciation of kalo beyond our islands. In the future, we hope kalo will not only feed our people but also inspire and nourish people around the world.”

-Denise Yamaguchi, Executive Producer

The 53rd Annual Northern California Area Emmy® Awards statues will be awarded on Saturday evening, June 15th, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel. The awards ceremony will be live streamed on the Chapter’s YouTube channel at 3:30 P.M. HST. All four episodes of “Taste Our Love for Hawai‘i” are available to stream on-demand now on the Hashi Life YouTube channel. “Taste Our Love for Hawai‘i” is sponsored by Hawai‘i Food & Wine Festival, HMAA, Roy Yamaguchi Group of Restaurants, Y.Hata & Co. Limited, Blue Ocean Mariculture, Mahi Pono and Hawaiian Airlines. Episode 4: Kalo Journey was made possible with the support of the Hawai‘i Executive Collaborative and Kalo for Hawai‘i, Kalo for the World Partners; Alumbra Innovations Foundation; and Kamehameha Schools.

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