UKULELE virtuoso Bill Tapia died in his sleep Sunday night at his home in Westminster, California. Born January 1, 1908, he was a month short of his 104th birthday. Pat Enos, a close friend and caregiver, said that Tapia had been in failing health since late May when he cancelled plans to come to Hawaii to receive the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. Until that time Tapia had amazed audiences with his repertoire of Hawaiian, hapa haole and pop standards most of which he had played for the first time when they were newly written hits more than 50 years ago. He was for years the only performer who could introduce a pop standard with the words Heres a song I learned during World War I. Born and raised in Liliha, Tapia bought his first ukulele in 1915 from famed ukulele maker Manuel Nunes for 75-cents (He wanted $1.50 but it was all the money I had). SD