S.P.A.C.E is proud to be the home of HVC’s flagship program, the H.I.C.C.U.P Circus. 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.
The Mission of the Hiccup Circus is “to promote the healthy development of children and the community through the time honored skills of the circus.”
We offer educational services to the public at large with emphasis on elementary and intermediate school age children and teenagers, especially in under-served isolated rural communities. Our methodology for developing and implementing programs is through partnerships with other educational, civic, and charitable organizations.
Since 1984 the award winning ‘Hiccups’ have been a regular feature at most Big Island Festivals and Parades for years, performing for community events and benefits extending across the Hawaiian Islands to the west coast of the United States.
HICCUP Circus Education Programs
Summer And Winter Camps:
Each summer and winter The Hiccup Circus presents a circus camp that involves youth from all around the island. Learning, training and creating together to build a fantastic circus productions highlighting their new skills.
Year Round Classes:
The Hiccup Circus offers classes for youth and adults at our beautiful SPACE facility 7 days a week. Come learn Aerials, Acrobatics, Juggling, Unicycle, Stilts and more with us! Please check out our Classes page for updates opportunities.
Juggling for Success Initiative:
Juggling For Success is an innovative self-esteem program that has existed for 30 years in 12 states on the mainland. Over 3,000 students in Hawaii have participated thanks to the Hiccup Circus program.
Lifecycle Recycling Information Program:
Following the great success of ‘Naturally High’, ‘Lifecycle’, presented during 1998, was an environmental assembly show encouraging involvement in volunteer community projects like litter cleanup, recycling and eco-fundraising.
Healthy Hawaii Initiative Pahoa Program:
From 1998-1999, HICCUP Circus presented the Healthy Hawaii Initiative Pahoa Program; 60 innovative weekly after-school programs, with the goal of promoting the healthy development of children and the community using fun activities to increase physical fitness.
“Naturally High” Drug & Tobacco Prevention Program:
From 1995-2001, Hiccup Children’s Circus presented “Naturally High”; a dynamic theatrical presentation that used circus arts to send a message of “tobacco use education” and “positive alternatives to smoking” in 149 schools across the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai and the Bay Area of California. Over 48,000 students attended the show and it received considerable PR via newspaper, magazine, and television. Evaluations from more than 800 teachers and counselors indicated that the project made a valuable contribution to prevent youth and young adults from beginning to use tobacco.