Nathan Valencia flies the Hawaii state flag while setting up the tent for the Modern American Circus at the fairgrounds of the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium in Hilo on Wednesday afternoon. The circus opens a three-day run on Friday and then moves on to Kona for a three-day engagement Nov. 1-3 at the Old Kona Airport. Show schedules for both locations are: Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit www.modernamericancircus.com or call (808) 781-4773.