Thursday, October 29 6:30 - 7:30pm
Friend's of Italy Virtual Lecture: Living on the Moon and Mars
Ancient explorers navigated the oceans, like astronauts are now navigating into space. Astronauts are the modern explorers enlarging our horizons. Is it possible to live on the Moon or Mars? How will a moon village look like? What are the steps for the next human space exploration? Join Dr. Veronica Bindi as she shares her exceptional work in this world. Free.
Thursday, November 19 6:30-7:30pm
Friend's of Italy Virtual Lecture: Italian opera, UNESCO heritage
For those who like the Opera this is a unique occasion in which we will talk about the various aspects in the world of Italian Opera. We will explore Opera stories: anecdotes, myths, and famous singers and primedonne which influenced the last 3 centuries of Italian history. Free for all to join.
Saturday, November 21 2:00 - 3:00pm
Author Talk: Kona Winds
Local author Scott Kikkawa will host a talk story about his popular debut novel. KONA WINDS is a hard-boiled noir murder mystery set in Honolulu in 1953, when Hawai'i was changing from a racially stratified, near-feudal plantation colony to the multi-ethnic 50th State.
E Komo Mai!
Welcome to our brand new site! We're excited to offer a more robust way for you to discover and browse our collection, and to purchase books from us in a safe and healthy way! As we continue to finalize the site, here's a few things to look forward to:
Greater selection! You'll find an expanded catalog menu that'll help you discover books that fit your interest.
A more powerful search engine! You can search by title, author, type, and even future collections, such as "Lani's Picks."
Curated collections! We'll showcase rotating feature collections on the homepage as well as in our curated collections section.
Rich content from our team! We're working on transferring our blog to this site and are excited to share our insight in this way. And don't forget to sign up for our newsletter for the most up-to-date info and features!
More events to enjoy from home! Even though our doors are closed to events, we're continuing to plan virtual events. Check the timeline at the top of the home page for what's upcoming. You can also find our event timeline on the events page, accessed from the About menu or the footer menu.
We look forward to serving all your literary and book loving needs, and are thrilled to offer this new platform to the community. As always, if you have any needs or requests, please drop us a line!
Aloha! ~ the da Shop team
COVID-19 Store Policy Updates
As of October 1, we are open for browsing Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00a - 4:00p. Masks are required, and a maximum of 5 customers are permitted in the store at one time. For everyone's safety, we are encouraging online purchasing with curbside pickup or direct to home shipping starting at $3. If you would like assistance finding a title or to purchase over the phone or by email, please contact us at 808-421-9460, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by filling out the contact form on this website. Mahalo for your cooperation, and please stay safe!
Featured Collection: Black Lives Matter
100% of the revenue from your purchase of any of these books this summer will be donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
da Shop, a bookstore by Bess Press
The store concept, opening in Kaimuki, is the perfect community bookstore destination. The stylish Shop features a rotating list of well-known Hawai‘i and Oceania classics, an award-winning catalog of children's literature, juvenile/young adult books, along with the best-selling national and international titles. Additional offerings include a select list of local, national, and international journals, magazines, and quarterlies.
Aiming to set a new standard in print-retailing with a fashionably designed layout, da Shop has a section specifically for children, lounge reading chairs dotting the interior, and is set-up to host presentations, read-alouds, film screening, live performances, lectures, and more.
Also on offer is a digital database to over 1 million titles, any of which can be purchased in store and shipped directly to your doorstep. If visiting da Shop from elsewhere, staff can package and ship your purchases home for you.
da Shop is located in Kaimuki at 3565 Harding Ave. Parking is available in the two municipal lots across the street, entrances on 11th and 12th Avenues. Street parking is available in the neighborhood as well.
From the Blog
This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: What’s your favorite scary story? I grew up on the Goosebumps series and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I loved horror until adulthood when movies and books actually became scary. There’s a Goosebumps story called Say Cheese and Die in which a group of kids find a camera that predicts a morbid future for anyone whose photo is taken. They’re left in a state of dread, not knowing how or when the events in the photo will occur.Read more
Mika Song is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books and young graphic novels. We love her energetic, expressive illustration style and her dedication to telling stories about "sweetly...Read more
3565 Harding Ave
Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00a - 4:00p
Parking is available across the street in two municipal lots, as well as street parking throughout the Kaimuki area. Parking in front of store is reserved for curbside pickup.