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da Shop: books + curiosities

Honolulu's favorite local community bookstore and events space.

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.

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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.

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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, orders@dashophnl.com, or by filling out the contact form on this website. Mahalo for your cooperation, and please stay safe! 

New Arrivals!

Red Sky Over Hawaii
Red Sky Over Hawaii
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Red Sky Over Hawaii

$17.99

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (hc)
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (hc)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (hc)

$26.00

Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop (pb)
Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop (pb)
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Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop (pb)

$16.00

Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer
Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer
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Wave Woman: The Life and Struggles of a Surfing Pioneer

$29.95

Untamed
Untamed
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Untamed

$28.00

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy

$26.99

My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir
My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir
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My Wife Said You May Want to Marry Me: A Memoir

$26.99

Obsessive about Octopuses
Obsessive about Octopuses

Obsessive about Octopuses

$19.95

I Heart Pluto
I Heart Pluto

I Heart Pluto

$10.99

How Much of These Hills Is Gold
How Much of These Hills Is Gold
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How Much of These Hills Is Gold

$26.00

Writers & Lovers
Writers & Lovers

Writers & Lovers

$27.00

Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii
Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii
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Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

$22.99

Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia
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Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia

$29.99

Confessions of a Bookseller
Confessions of a Bookseller
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Confessions of a Bookseller

$25.95

The Night Watchman
The Night Watchman

The Night Watchman

$28.99

City of Girls
City of Girls

City of Girls

$17.00

28 Summers: A Novel
28 Summers: A Novel

28 Summers: A Novel

$28.00

Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook
Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook
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Ottolenghi Simple: A Cookbook

$35.00

How To Be An Artist
How To Be An Artist

How To Be An Artist

$22.00

Why We Swim
Why We Swim
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Why We Swim

$26.95

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.

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)
March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

$49.99

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart
The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart

$27.00

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (hc)
Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (hc)

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot (hc)

$26.00

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

$32.00

Invisible Man
Invisible Man
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Invisible Man

$16.00

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

$16.00

How to Be an Antiracist
How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist

$27.00

Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir
Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir
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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir

$16.95

I Am Enough
I Am Enough
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I Am Enough

$18.99

Our Time is Now
Our Time is Now

Our Time is Now

$27.99

The Fire Next Time
The Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time

$13.95

So You Want to Talk about Race
So You Want to Talk about Race

So You Want to Talk about Race

$16.99

Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me

$26.00

Antiracist Baby
Antiracist Baby

Antiracist Baby

$8.99

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan

$17.99

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
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Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

$17.99

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Ed., The (pb)
New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Ed., The (pb)

New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary Ed., The (pb)

$18.99

A Good Kind of Trouble
A Good Kind of Trouble
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A Good Kind of Trouble

$16.99

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

$19.99

Becoming
Becoming

Becoming

$32.50

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. 

Staff Picks

From the Blog

Fear is a Backseat Driver by Michelle Regan
Fear is a Backseat Driver by Michelle Regan

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.

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da Shop Talk with Mika Song, Children's Author and Illustrator
da Shop Talk with Mika Song, Children's Author and Illustrator

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...

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Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan
Finding Space to Dream by Michelle Regan

This guest post is written by yoga teacher and writer Michelle Regan: A student told me recently that everyone has at least one book in them. I didn’t want to squash his spirit, but I disagree. He certainly...

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Celebrating Bess Press

40 years as Hawaii's Independent Publisher

Come visit!

3565 Harding Ave
Honolulu, Hawai'i

STORE HOURS
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.

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