da Shop: A Reader's Blog

An Ode to Picture Books (+ Staff Picks)
An Ode to Picture Books (+ Staff Picks)

By da Shop Staff on Sep 04, 2021

We are unabashed fans of picture books so it’s little surprise that an opinion piece in The New York Times was quite a point of conversation amongst our staff.  The article, entitled “Your Kids Aren’t Too Ol...

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da Shop Talk with Sara Ackerman, Author of Radar Girls
da Shop Talk with Sara Ackerman, Author of Radar Girls

By da Shop Staff on Aug 05, 2021

Sara Ackerman is well-known for her compelling historical fiction novels about romance, friendship, and courage in WWII-era Hawai‘i. Her latest novel, Radar Girls, is based on the inspirational stories of t...

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The End by Michelle Regan
The End by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jul 21, 2021

Let’s start at the end. With the abject terror of leaving something behind. The next thing is scary. There, I said it. But endings aren’t endings unless we let them be. Instead of inhabiting the fear that lu...

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da Shop Talk with Julie Abery, Author of Sakamoto's Swim Club
da Shop Talk with Julie Abery, Author of Sakamoto's Swim Club

By da Shop Staff on Jul 20, 2021

With summer upon us and the Olympics just around the corner, we've been diving into a fresh, new picture book about Maui's famous Three-Year Swim Club.  Sakamoto's Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Te...

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da Shop Talk with Michelle Sterling, Picture Book Author
da Shop Talk with Michelle Sterling, Picture Book Author

By da Shop Staff on Jun 30, 2021

We immediately fell in love with When Lola Visits as soon as it arrived in the bookstore!  This vibrant picture book lovingly depicts the relationship between a young Filipina, her lola, and the memories the...

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Breath in the Real World by Michelle Regan
Breath in the Real World by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jun 23, 2021

Inhale. Exhale.  Mindfulness begins with the breath. We start here because it’s simple, accessible, and something we rarely consider closely.  But maybe it’s not that simple. Breathing itself is automatic. W...

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Just Curious by Michelle Regan
Just Curious by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on May 26, 2021

I talk to a lot of people. More than most, probably. In my day job, I tell other people’s stories, the kind you may not have heard because there’s no spectacle and no recognition. It’s my favorite type of st...

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Wabi-sabi  and the Art of Not Creating by Michelle Regan
Wabi-sabi and the Art of Not Creating by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Apr 30, 2021

Recently, a friend taught me the Japanese word wabi-sabi. He described it as the appreciation of imperfection through understanding that every moment is fleeting. This moment will come and pass and never hap...

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da Shop Read Aloud:
da Shop Read Aloud: "Love Song for the Pristine Sea" by Richard Hamasaki, feat. Rich Rath

By da Shop Staff on Apr 15, 2021

In honor of National Poetry Month, join us for another da Shop Read Aloud with poet and spoken word artist, Richard Hamasaki.  Enjoy his amplified poetry and video of "Love Song for the Pristine Sea," featu...

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book cover of My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii's Kids and image of author Sue Cowing holding the book open
da Shop Read Aloud: Sue Cowing Reads from "My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii's Kids"

By da Shop Staff on Apr 13, 2021

Welcome to a poetry read aloud with da Shop! In honor of National Poetry Month, join poet and author Sue Cowing read a selection of poetry from her book My Dog Has Flies: Poetry for Hawaii's Kids (Beachhous...

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da Shop Turns 3!
da Shop Turns 3!

By da Shop Staff on Mar 27, 2021

This Sunday will mark 3 years since we opened da Shop: books + curiosities.  Amazingly, the third year took place during a global health pandemic yet we still managed to keep going. We are so grateful for y...

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Creative Evolution by Michelle Regan
Creative Evolution by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Mar 20, 2021

Lots of people think they’re not creative. While it’s true we can’t all be Lady Gaga, we can all create. I recently read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, in which historian and philosopher Yuval Noah H...

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