HICCUP Circus is HVC’s innovative and highly successful ongoing education program. SPACE is the home of the HICCUP Circus programs.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.