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Past: Saturday June 25, 2022 10:00 a.m.

Keiki Story Time @ da Shop

Featuring Alphabet Hukilau in Hawaii by Vera Arita in partnership with Beachhouse Publishing.

Join author Vera Arita for a hukilau at the beach! Cast our nets into the sea and watch what we catch from A to Z! This storytime is a fun way to learn the alphabet and a few facts about some of Hawai‘i’s colorful and amazing sea life. For ages birth to 5 years, but all are welcome. Aunty Vera will be available to sign books after the reading.

Past: Sunday, June 12th, 2022 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. HST

Book Reading & Signing: The Long Corner by Alexander Maksik

It is early 2017 in New York City, Donald Trump is President, and Solomon Fields  finds himself disillusioned by the hollowness and conformity of American life and language. Once brimming with dreams and ideals instilled in him by his eternally bohemian grandmother, Sol now finds the senseless jargon he produces at work seeping into all aspects of the world around him--and most disturbingly, into the art that his beloved grandmother taught him to revere. 

da Shop is pleased to host an author reading and signing with Maui-based novelist Alexander Maksik. He will appear in conversation with D. W. Wilson, Kailua-based author of 14 Miles. Preorder The Long Corner

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Past: Saturday, June 11th, 2022 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. HST

Book Launch & Storytime: Punky Aloha by Shar Tuiasoa

Meet Punky Aloha: a girl who uses the power of saying aloha to experience exciting and unexpected adventures! Inspired by Shar’s own childhood on O‘ahu, Punky is a Polynesian girl who carries her culture in her heart and in everything she does. Young readers will love to follow this fun character all over the island of O‘ahu.

Join us at da Shop: books + curiosities for this special story time with author/illustrator and inspired creator of the Punky Aloha brand, Shar Tuiasoa, in celebration of her new book!  Preorder Punky Aloha

Past: Tuesday June 7th, 2022 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. HST

Book Launch: Nuclear Family by Joseph Han

Set in the months leading up to the 2018 false missile alert in Hawaiʻi, Joseph Han’s profoundly funny and strikingly beautiful debut novel is an offering that aches with histories inherited, and reunions missed, asking how we heal in the face of what we forget and who we remember.

da Shop, in partnership with Counterpoint Press, will be launching local author Joseph Han's debut novel, Nuclear Family. Come meet the author, hear a discussion of his book with Anjoli Roy, and get your first-edition copy signed! Preorder Nuclear Family

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Past: Wednesday May 4th, 2022 @ 2:30 p.m. HST

Virtual Author Talk: Mieko Kawakami & her new release All the Lovers in the Night

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da Shop, in partnership with Third Place Books and Europa Editions, is pleased to present Japanese novelist Mieko Kawakami in a discussion of her latest novel, All the Lovers in the Night, translated into English by Sam Bett and David Boyd. Kawakami will be joined in conversation by Katie Kitamura, the author of Intimacies, one of the New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2021 and a finalist for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize. Meri Joyce will interpret.

Past: Saturday April 30th, 2022 11am-2pm HST

INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday of April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different.

This year, da Shop is thrilled to have Adam J. Kurtz and Jane Mount as special guests. They will be here from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. signing their books and selling other fun stuff they make. Check out all the unique merch and receive gifts with a book purchase that you can only get on IBD. Not before. Not after. Nowhere else.

Local artisans Jahier Studio and Beachcake are also popping up with an array of handmade goods such as enamel pins, embroidery, and ceramics.

This free event does not require an rsvp. Just show up and enjoy the day with us!

Past: Saturday April 2nd, 2022 11am-4pm

da Shop's 4th Birthday Party

Join the festivities all day long, including a birthday sale (25% - 50% off + Bess Press warehouse sale), a pop-up by Jana Lam Hawaii, and ono food by Papi's Empanadas and Via Gelato.

Storytime and book signings by Aunty April of Keiki Kaukau and Chris Caravalho of Mana Comics happening at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Don't miss out!

Past: Wednesday March 30th, 2022 6:00PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: Kipuka

Kīpuka: Finding Refuge In Times Of Change from Bamboo Ridge Press is a book of poetry and prose about living in contemporary Hawaii. Civil Beat's digital producer, Kuʻu Kauanoe, hosts an in-person book club discussion at da Shop's warehouse.

The night will start off with an hour-long book club discussion, followed by a half hour for writing and sharing.

Covid Protocols: At the moment, proof of vaccination will be required to attend the in-person portion of this event. Event details are subject to change.

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Past: Saturday December 18, 2021 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Surprise Pop-Up with Artist Lauren Trangmar

Artist Lauren Trangmar will be popping up in our warehouse on Saturday, December 18th from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Come browse matted prints, greeting cards, shirts, assorted stickers and get some holiday gifts checked off your list! Lauren's art is inspired by the lifestyle, culture and natural elements of Hawai‘i life.

Artist Bio: Lauren Trangmar is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer with roots in Hawai‘i and New Zealand. She specializes in highly detailed illustrations that often reference the conventions of historical, scientific illustration with a contemporary, whimsical twist. Themes that are explored in her most recent work include the relationship between storytelling, culture, myths, history, art, science, and the study of natural history.

Saturday November 27, 2021 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Scott Kikkawa's Red Dirt Signing & Small Business Saturday

Scott Kikkawa, author of Kona Winds and new release Red Dirt, will be signing books at da Shop's Small Business Saturday Sale. Signed books make extra special gifts!

Local artisan pop-ups by Beachcake (ceramics) and Mamanu (handsewn keiki goods) along with the Waikiki Curry food truck add to the holiday shopping festivities.

Keep-it-Kaimukī's Small Business Saturday community is all about supporting our local neighborhood businesses. Check out deals & discounts throughout Kaimukī by following @keepitkaimuki or visit
keepitkaimuki.com.

Past: Wednesday November 24th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: The Value of Hawai'i 3

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for the 2021 release, The Value of Hawai'i 3: Hulihia, the Turning. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat's Julia Steele. Details for registration will be posted when available.

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Past: Wednesday September 29th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: Food and Power in Hawai'i

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for Food and Power in Hawai'i: Visions of Food Democracy. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat's Claire Caulfield. Details for registration will be posted when available.

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Past: Thursday August 5th, 2021, 5:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk: Radar Girls

Join us for a special moderated author talk with Sara Ackerman to celebrate her anticipated upcoming new release, Radar Girls!

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Past: Wednesday July 28th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: Nānā I Ke Kumu, Vol.3

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for the 2020 release, Nānā I Ke Kumu, Helu ʻEkolu Vol. 3. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat's Kuu Kauanoe.

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Past: Wednesday June 30th, 5:00PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: When You Trap A Tiger

Join the Honolulu Civil Beat community for a free moderated book club event for When You Trap A Tiger by local author Tae Keller. This book was recently awarded the Newbery Medal for distinguished children's literature. This discussion will be moderated by Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee. Details for registration will be posted when available.

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Past: Saturday June 19th, 2021, 3:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk: Calabash Stories

Join us for a da Shop special talk-story with Calabash Stories author Jeffrey Higa! Calabash Stories is an unforgettable collection of lucid stories deeply rooted in his Japanese-Hawaiian heritage, in the tradition of Gabriel García Márquez and Maxine Hong Kingston. This event is free and hosted virtually.

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PAST: Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 5:30PM HST

Author Talk & Civil Beat Book Club: Murder Leaves Its Mark

Join us and Civil Beat for a free double-feature event! We kick off at 5:30pm with a moderated Author Talk with Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl and Civil Beat's Claire Caulfield, followed immediately by the book club discussion on Zoom. Link for the zoom discussion provided upon registration.

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Past: Sunday, December 6th, 2020 2:00 - 3:00p HST

Virtual Author Talk: All the Love in the World!

ALL THE LOVE IN THE WORLD is a debut prose collection by award-winning poet Cathy Song. The deeply personal, interconnected short stories follow highlights in family history across continents and generations. All the Love in the World has quickly become a local bestseller. This event will be moderated by Mindy Pennybacker and have time for audience questions. Click the link below for more information and to register!

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Past: Sunday, December 6, 2020 3:00 - 4:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk: Intellectual Anarchy

Local scientific innovation firm Oceanit CEO, Patrick K. Sullivan’s new book asks: How do we move the future from the distant horizon to the present day? We need Intellectual AnarchyTM. Dr. Sullivan’s book describes how the Intellectual AnarchyTM methodology followed at Oceanit for the past 35 years has generated disruptive solutions to “impossible” problems. Join us for this special talk story, moderated by our own David DeLuca, to learn more!

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Past: Wednesday December 2, 2020 5:00 - 6:30PM HST

Civil Beat Book Club: An American Sickness

Join Civil Beat's Book Club for a discussion about "An American Sickness" hosted by health reporter Eleni Avendaño. "I picked this book up before the pandemic to better understand how to navigate the health world... Elizabeth Rosenthal breaks down how we as patients and consumers can better understand the system and the historical underpinnings of how we got here." Free for all.

Saturday November 21, 2020 2:00PM HST

Virtual 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. Free virtual event.

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October 14th, 2020 5:00 - 6:30p

Civil Beat Book Club: Murder Casts a Shadow

Free virtual event! In honor of October, we chose a mystery thriller: "Murder Casts A Shadow," by local author Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl. Book Club meeting is virtual and free. Stay tuned for the link to sign up.

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Sunday September 27, 2020 2:00PM HST

Virtual Author Talk! Aloha Rodeo by David Wolman

PAST: August 23rd, 2020 2:00PM

Virtual Author Talk! Red Sky Over Hawaii by Sarah Ackerman

Moderated by Don Wallace, Sarah speaks about her latest WWII historical fiction novel, her research process and the parallels between war-time Hawaii and pandemic-Hawaii. 

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PAST: August 5th, 2020 5:00PM

Civil Beat Book Club: Nine Lives by Dan Baum

The hidden history of the haunted and beloved city of New Orleans, told through the intersecting lives of nine remarkable characters.

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Past: April 25th, 2020

Virtual Author Talk: Sharks in the Time of Saviors

Written by Kawai Strong Washburn, this talk story is moderated by Honolulu Magazine's Don Wallace. Kawai and Don talk story about the author's upbringing, inspiration for the novel, and also field questions from event attendees. Kawai will also read several passages from his book and provide detail about their meaning, construct and more.

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PAST: May 10th, 2020

Virtual Author Talk: Wave Woman by Vicky Durand

Wave Woman is a charming and intimate biography, a love letter from a daughter to her progressive mother who broke glass ceilings with simple curiosity and desire. Both award winning surfers, Vicky takes us through a fascinating presentation of Betty's life, then we have a moderated talk story about the book with Honolulu Magazine's Don Wallace.

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