The circus is in town! Local girl shows off her big-top skills

The circus is in town! Local girl shows off her big-top skills
Tuffy Nicholas
Tuffy Nicholas

By Lisa Kubota - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The circus is in town! And a local girl is among the performers showing off their big-top skills.

From colorful clowns to limber contortionists, the Great American Circus promises to thrill island families with all kinds of entertainment during the two hour show.

"In the circus, I do aerial silks, Spanish web and the magic," said local girl Sabrina Ponciano. She isn't afraid to show off her skills.

The former "Miss Garden Isle" enjoys performing but admits she's experienced her fair share of injuries.

"It's a lot of upper body strength, so it's a lot of pull ups and push ups every single day cause when I first started, I couldn't even get up there. It's very intense, but I love it," said Ponciano.

Organizers say this circus does more than just entertain children. It also helps educate them.

Lessons on protecting the environment are woven into the show.

"Proceeds go to Kama'aina Kids' environmental education programs so it's a circus with a purpose, and it's not only the best performers on the planet, but it's also going to educate people on how to look after the environment," said circus ringmaster Tuffy Nicholas.

"My favorite thing about it is performing with people all over the world. I mean, I'm the only local girl here. Everyone else is from Russia, Japan, like all over, and it's a great honor to perform with people who have been doing it their whole lives," said Ponciano.

The first performance is tonight at the Blaisdell Arena at 7:30 and there are other shows during the weekend.