Original series named Silver Telly Winner in Television – Series: Cultural and Bronze Telly Winner in Television – Series: Food & Beverage

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HASHI Media, a digital producer of captivating culinary content, is thrilled to announce that its widely acclaimed series, “Taste Our Love For Hawai’i,” has received two coveted Telly Awards—Silver Telly for Television – Series: Cultural, and Bronze Telly for Television – Series: Food & Beverage. The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks and production companies including BBC World Service, Netflix, A&E Networks, Hearst Media and more.

“Taste Our Love For Hawai‘i” is an original four-part series, that 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. 

“‘Taste Our Love For Hawai‘i’ was developed during a time when visitors couldn’t travel to Hawai‘i, so we wanted to be able to showcase the diverse agricultural resources and products grown, raised and caught here in our islands. Whether it was agrotourism at Kualoa Ranch, fishing on the North Shore, the past and present of aquaculture on Hawai‘i Island or kalo’s (taro) connection to community, culture and ‘āina (land), the series introduced chefs to Hawai‘i’s culinary and cultural traditions, bridging cultures through the power of food.”

-Denise Yamaguchi, Executive Producer

This year, the 44th Annual Telly Awards saw a record-breaking number of entries—13,000 total from across the globe, as well as top video and television content producers such as BET Networks/BET Digital, Disney, NASA, Paramount, PBS Digital Studios and more. 


“The caliber of the work this season coming from creators such as HASHI Media truly reflected the theme of breaking out and standing out. Our industry is experimenting with new technologies like never before, crafting truly compelling stories to draw attention to some of the world’s most pressing issues.”

-Sabrina Dridje, Tellys Executive Director

“We are incredibly honored to have ‘Taste Our Love For Hawai’i’ recognized with not just one, but two Telly Awards,” said Yamaguchi. “These awards are a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion of our talented team, including Makaha Studios, who worked tirelessly to create a truly remarkable series. We are grateful to the Telly Awards for recognizing our commitment to showcasing the culinary excellence of Hawai’i, and to the talented chefs, farmers, ranchers, fishermen and cultural practitioners who shared their stories and expertise.”

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 3: Aqua + Culture was made possible with the support of the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program. 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.