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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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Sensitivity is Your Superpower by Michelle Regan
Sensitivity is Your Superpower by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Feb 24, 2021

When I was in college, my ex and I used to have lots of long conversations about our feelings. Too long. I’m talking three or four hours. Looking back, I can see that we probably didn’t understand each other...

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Read, Borrow, Steal by Michelle Regan
Read, Borrow, Steal by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Jan 20, 2021

“Good artists copy; great artists steal.” - Steve Jobs Wait. It was Picasso who said “Lesser artists borrow; great artists steal.” Or maybe Hemingway? “Immature artists copy; great artists steal.” No, no. It was Igor Stravinsky. “A good composer does not imitate; he steals.” Steal, indeed. 

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Creative Intentions by Michelle Regan
Creative Intentions by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Dec 28, 2020

I’m not a New Years resolution person. Maybe it’s because to me January 1 is just the day after December 31. Maybe it’s because 80% of people break their resolutions within two months. But I think it’s mainl...

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Our Greatest Gifts by Michelle Regan
Our Greatest Gifts by Michelle Regan

By da Shop Staff on Dec 02, 2020

In 2015, Oliver Sacks got unexpected news, he had terminal cancer. Despite his diagnosis and the difficult months that followed, Sacks was, more than anything else, grateful. Grateful and inspired. So much s...

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da Shop Favorites: Children's Literature
da Shop Favorites: Children's Literature

By da Shop Staff on Nov 24, 2020

For babies to middle grade readers, here are books from diverse voices & perspectives. Books about adventure, friendship, and books that seem to be written for a specific moment or challenge.  Plus, lin...

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da Shop Staff Picks for the Holidays

By da Shop Staff on Nov 13, 2020

It's no secret that we love to read and share our favorite books with you.  With the increase of online shopping, we miss some of the in-person chats we used to have over a new release or a classic childhoo...

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da Shop Talk with Kawai Strong Washburn, Bestselling Author

By da Shop Staff on Nov 05, 2020

A da Shop bestseller and staff favorite, Sharks in the Time of Saviors, is set on the Hamakua coast of Hawai‘i Island, where author Kawai Strong Washburn was born and raised.  The novel chronicles the saga ...

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

By da Shop Staff on Oct 21, 2020

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.

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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

By da Shop Staff on Oct 14, 2020

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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