Super American Circus Coming to Big Island

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The Super American Circus is coming to the Big Island during its 2018 Hawai‘i Tour. This modern one-ring circus will showcase some of the best acts in the world at The Hilo Civic Auditorium in Hilo, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 27 and 28, 2018, and at Kealakehe High School, 74-5000 Pu‘ohulihuli St. in Kailua-Kona, Friday through Sunday, March 2, 3 and 4.

Bello Nock. Courtesy photo.

Headlining the circus is Bello Nock, referred to as the “World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil.” Nock has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for a high-wire walk over a cruise ship. He has performed several stunts in New York City, including rappelling off of Madison Square Garden and hanging from a helicopter over the Statue of Liberty. In 2017, Nock was a finalist on the popular television show America’s Got Talent.

(L) Bello Nock, the “World’s Greatest Comic Daredevil,” and (R) Ringmaster Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas. PC: Damon Tucker


The acts will include:

  • The Slide for Life Life (Rosa climbing to the top of a platform and hooking a foot loop to a cable that has been connected to the top beam and the floor and then slides down the cable going backwards)
  • Aerial Hoop Display (an elegant aerial display of “Davangie” performers—David and Angela Saucedo)
  • Rolla Bolla (George Aristov balances on a flat board that is placed on top of a cylinder while juggling or performing handstands)
  • Motorcycle High-Wire (A high wire stretched high above the arena floor and used for balancing Bello riding across the wire on a motorcycle)
  • Wheel of Destiny (a large rotating apparatus in which Bello runs the perimeter skipping rope while blind-folded)
  • Trampoline (Gordo performing twists, flips and comedy)
  • Transformation Quick-Change (the illusion of costume change)
  • Juggling (The Aristov’s use various methods to throw and catch objects in the air at the same time)

Cornell “Tuffy” Nicholas will be the ringmaster for The Super American Circus. Nicholas comes from a family with an extensive circus history: his father, “Count Nicholas,” was the lead ringmaster extraordinaire of the traveling Ringling Brothers circus and his mother worked as a bear trainer.

Born on the Sarasota, Florida, stop of the circus, he spent much of his life on the road and has produced and managed more than 5,000 shows in the U.S. and around the world.

“The satisfaction knowing that you have created something that is not only successful, but also brings happiness to people from all around the world is very rewarding,” said Tuffy.


Kama‘aina Kids (a nonprofit organization) will benefit from every ticket sold.

Pre-show and intermission activities will include face painting, bounce houses, an obstacle course, a giant slide and photos with circus artists. Traditional treats, such as snow cones, cotton candy and popcorn, will be available.

Showtimes in Hilo are Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


Showtimes in Kona are Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


  • Advanced General Admission Family Pass tickets, which admit two adults and three children 12 and under are available online only for $69.50.
  • Advance Preferred Seating tickets for adults are $28 and $14 for children 12 and under.
  • Preferred Seating tickets on the day of (walk-up/box office) are $36 for adults and $22 for children.
  • General Admission tickets on the day of the event (walk-up/box office) are $28 for adults and $18 for children.
  • Advanced General Admission tickets, online only, are $25 for adults and $12 for children 12 and under.
  • VIP (adult or child) tickets are $47.50 per seat.

Go online for more information and to purchase tickets.

The Super American Circus provides family-friendly entertainment for all ages with thrilling human acts, fun-filled comedy and exciting unforgettable moments that will create memories that will last a lifetime.

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