S.P.A.C.E is proud to be the home of HVC’s flagship program, the H.I.C.C.U.P. H.I.C.C.U.P. stands for Hawaii Island Community Circus Unity Project and is our most innovative and highly successful ongoing educational program. Since 1984, the award winning “Hiccups” have been a regular feature at many favorite Big Island Festivals and Parades, and have performed at hundreds of events and schools across the Hawaiian island chain. Check us out on Facebook: Click here to see a video.
HICCUP Circus Instructors
Morgan Langham ran away from the circus when she was 16 years old! She was raised in Talkeetna, Alaska with 30 dogs and 3 brothers, in a cabin without running water or electricity. When she was five, her parents put her in their community circus perched high in a cloud-swing! She performed alongside her family in The Green Light Circus for years. She ran away to become a ceramicist, surfer, bicyclist, and paraglider. But luckily, for us, she has since fallen back in love with the circus, and now enjoys being a juggler, clown and musician; who moves and breathes for fun, excitement, beauty and oxygen!. Over the years she has performed with many circus troupes throughout the world. She started her own circus troupe in Alaska called the Roustabout Circus. As well as, co-directed The Green Light Circus in Alaska for 6 years. More recently she organized the 2019 New Old Time Chautauqua Tour ‘Be Mary’ in honor of her mother’s memory, Mary Langham, who shared the gift of circus with countless children and adults throughout Alaska for over 30 years. Morgan is the President of the non-profit Hawaii’s Volcano Circus. She is currently the acting executive director at SPACE, teaching for our local HICCUP CIRCUS and HAAS school. Morgan is passionate about the collective empowerment of social circus.
Joe Hoffman encountered social circus for the first time in 1997 on the Big Island of Hawaii. He immediately fell in love with this way of being, playing and learning. He mentored under the founder and director of the HICCUP circus program, Graham Ellis, for many years, and has been involved with the program, off and on for the last 20 + years. He attended The Evergreen State College from 2001-2005 where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Performance Art, Education, and Language. He returned to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2005 to be a part of the circus community. He helped build the SPACE building where current programs are now being run in order to enhance the community and serve, through a sense of play, the rural youth of lower Puna.
Past HICCUP Circus Education Programs
Our upcoming circus play is only just beginning to unfold within the theme of “Elements” Earth, Air, Fire and Water. “Elements” will be the theme of our Circus Summer Camp this year as well.
“Junkyard Jugglers” (the four boys pictured below: Kanoa Lindewe, Jake Lucero-Gomez, Hunter Way, and Beck O’Hara) travelled to the International Juggling Association (IJA) Festival held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana from July 28th to Aug 3rd 2014.