06-awards.jpg

Ledward Kaapana, ukulele and slack key guitarist from Kaneohe, Hawaii, accepts his 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Senator Daniel Akaka and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman

Ledward Kaapana, ukulele and slack key guitarist from Kaneohe, Hawaii, accepts his 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Senator Daniel Akaka and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "A master of Hawaiian music, known for his virtuosic slack key guitar and ukulele playing in what is described as the "hot finger". Photo by Tom Pich