HONOLULU (AP) - An ukulele and slack key guitarist from Hawaii is one of the recipients of the nation's highest honor in folk and traditional arts.
The National Endowment for the Arts announced Friday Ledward Kaapana of Kaneohe has been named a 2011 National Heritage fellow.
Each of the nine recipients is to get a $25,000 award and attend a banquet in Washington, D.C., in September at the Library of Congress.
Previous fellows include bluesman B.B. King and bluegrass musician Bill Monroe.
Fellowship recipients are nominated by the public and judged by a panel of experts in folk and traditional arts.
This year's panel reviewed 210 nominations.
Kaapana was nominated for a Grammy in 2006, 2007 and 2009.
He was born in Kalapana on the Big Island.