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Americans offer Hawaiian hospitality
Alicia Doherty prepares for Aloha Canberra in a yellow Corvette.
Photo: Matt Bedford
Sweet tropical flavours are on the
agenda as part of the American
celebrations at this year s National
Aloha Canberra, held on Sunday,
February 15, from 11am to 6pm, tips
its hat to the USA s 50th state Hawaii
which, like Australia, proudly shares a
place in Oceania.
Australian American Association
president Alicia Doherty said
pineapple was chosen as the fruit of
the festival as something different for
Pineapple is known for being the
fruit of hospitality, she said.
It s associated with Hawaii but it
truly has a multicultural story."
Discovered by Europeans in 1493,
the spiky wonder was first cultivated in
Holland and first planted in
Queensland by German pastors in
Ms Doherty said the pineapple-
themed spectacular would tap into the
many common cultural loves shared
by Hawaii and Australia.
"There will be Hawaiian hula dance
performance, and a massive 200XL
Hawaiian shirt as well as a six metre
high inflatable pineapple," she said.
"We are going to have surfboards,
palm trees and rock n roll tunes."
Chefs from Smoque American BBQ
will create a menu with a pineapple
twist and blue Hawaiian cocktails will
also be available.
The event promises plenty of great
American Boy Scout is creating a
special faceless cut-out stand so
festivalgoers can snap a photo of
themselves looking like a pineapple.
Score yourself one of the 10,000 leis
being handed out by volunteers, check
out the American hot rod cars and
Harley-Davidson motorbikes and
watch the Tuggeranong Ukulele Gang
"We are giving away 55 ukuleles to
those that come along in their own
national dress to our event at noon on
Sunday [February] 15," she said.
"I want a massive group photo that
really shows that Canberra is the sort
of place that welcomes everyone."
Those who can t get enough of the
Hawaiian fun can keep hold of their
pineapple fans to score a $7 ticket to
the Elvis film Blue Hawaii screening
at Dendy on February 25.
Auslan sign language courses at
Canberra Institute of Technology will
not be accredited by the end of the
CIT acting chief executive Shane
Kay said, from advice he had received,
there would be no accredited training
program to teach.
"The real demand is in the skills, it s
not in the qualification," he said.
"[The providers] have got the
accredited training program for
basically the whole country, if they
don t re-accreditate that training
package, noone can do it."
Minister for Education, Training
and Disability Joy Burch said CIT
would continue to run certificate II and
certificate III in Auslan for the
remainder of the year, for continuing
students. Following that, CIT
Solutions will run short, un-accredited
programs in Auslan.
"CIT has noted that there has been
a shift away from students seeking
formal certificate II and III
qualifications towards other types of
courses, such as those offered by CIT
Solutions," she said.
"This has resulted in a significant
decline in both the numbers of
students enrolling into the certificate II
and III as well as a reduction in those
continuing to completion."
She said the training package CIT
uses was ending, which would
necessitate a change to offering the
Deaf Australia chief executive Kyle
Miers said accredited courses and
skill-based courses must be linked.
"For Auslan, it is important that one
understands its structure and form of
the language," she said.
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