Our Creative Services team shot a Na Mele episode in our TV studio today with Natalie and 'Iolani Kamau'u.
We set up the studio to resemble part of the Kamau'us' home, where they plan performances, working on song selection and presentation.
The Kamau'u home is decorated with many ukulele that have been retired from use. Seeing them and remembering the instruments' musical lives helps inspire the performers.
One of the instruments is even beaded. Natalie bedazzled it while on a work trip to Japan. She says she got bored – this is the result.
The Kamau'us also have two very special drums. Special, because they can "talk," especially the one on the right. The husband and wife say that when they're exchanging ideas, they sometimes hear a beat come from an untouched drum.
This is Natalie's most treasured ukulele. It was given to her as a Christmas gift by her grandfather. It even still has the Christmas ribbon that came with it.
We'll let you know when this brand-new episode of Na Mele, featuring Natalie and 'Iolani Kamau'u and their dancer daughter Sha-Lei, will air.