Documentary Film Series, Monday Evenings at Honolulu Design Center

Don Brown's former U.H. Sunday Evening Films now at Hi-Tech Design Center Theater

Documentary Film Series, Monday Evenings at Honolulu Design Center

Hawai`i-based producer and all-around story-teller of the human experience, Don Brown, has changed venues for his Sunday evening film series from UH to the Honolulu Design Center, now to be held on Monday nights. Starting at 7:00 p.m., the venue offers free parking in the covered garage off Kapiolani Boulevard. In addition, Monday's happen to be "Wine Night" at Amuse Wine Bar (located just outside the theater), which features sample pours of dozens of top wines. Dinner and pupus served at the Stage Restaurant (also located in the design center, same floor as the theater) are welcome inside the theater during the film.

This week, Brown's "Indigenous Wisdom Film Series" continues with QuiGong: Ancient Chinese Healing for the 21st Century. The film is actually directed by Kauai's own Francesco Garripoli, who operates Kahuna Valley wellness center. QiGong, for those out of the loop, is a healing process that dates back 5,000 years in China. It has been utilized in care and prevention of everything from muscle pulls to cancer. Actor James Shigeta narrates the program. There will be a post-film discussion with Dr. Elizabeth Chen Christianson.

On Monday, April 12, the screening will be Visions of Utopia: Experiments in Sustainable Culture. This film is an overview of communities around the world that provide insight in to the model of shared living. Through the story, they director explores how aspects like ideology, ethnicity and religion have shaped these experimental communal societies—and what it means for their future.

Monday, April, 19th's film is a revisit of Bhutan: Taking the Middle Path to Happiness. If you missed the film last year when the Academy of Arts hosted various screenings and displays of rare Bhutanese artwork, then make a point to see this film. It's an inspiring look at the small Himalayan country and it's effort to remain a Shangri-La to its residents, despite advancing technology that seems to be closing in on the most rural mountain villages.

Seats to all films are $5. Call (808) 223-0130 for more information. The Honolulu Design Center is located at 1250 Kapiolani Blvd., just Ewa of Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Dinner and pupus served at the Stage Restaurant (also located in the design center, same floor as the theater) are welcome inside the theater during the film.