Holiday Gift Guide 2022: 5 Picks from da Shop

Our friends at da Shop: Books + Curiosities present a selection of gift ideas beyond just books from their Kaimukī storefront.


Da Shop Word A Day

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Illustrated Hawaiian Word-A-Day Calendar

by Bess Press

Everyone loves a good desk calendar, and you can’t beat one that helps you learn ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi every day. This is a fun calendar that teaches you the months and hundreds of new words in Hawaiian, accompanied by pictures to help reinforce your learning. It isn’t specific to 2023 so it’s still good no matter the year, and you can reuse the tear-off sheets! This desk calendar would make a great gift for those trying to learn the language, office mates, and anyone hard to shop for.



Da Shop Olelo Noeau

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‘Ōlelo No‘eau: Hawaiian Proverbs & Poetical Sayings

Edited by Mary Kawena Pukui

ʻŌlelo Noʻeau is a cherished collection of Hawaiian sayings and wisdom that was gathered and translated by Mary Kawena Pukui. Transcribed from oral stories and ancestral knowledge, these proverbs poignantly illuminate a Kānaka Maoli worldview and beautifully share Hawaiian values through layered metaphors and poetic phrases. This coffee table edition makes a precious gift, an exceptional resource, and a timeless classic for collectors.


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Da Shop Tarot Cards

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The OK Tarot Deck & Table Covering

Created by Adam J. Kurtz

Are you on the hunt for a good stocking stuffer? This bright pink tarot deck by locally based artist and creator Adam J. Kurtz will immediately catch your eye. The simple but playful doodles on the cards, reminiscent of stick ’n’ poke tattoos, will be sure to spice up your readings. A fun deck for both beginner and advanced tarot readers, it includes an introductory booklet for those still learning and a handkerchief that can be used as a table covering. This might be one gift you want to keep for yourself!



Da Shop Bibliophile

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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines

Written by Jamise Harper and Illustrated by Jane Mount

If you or your Secret Santa are looking to diversify your bookshelves, look no further than Bibliophile: Diverse Spines. Complete with charming illustrations, this collection is a wonderful and comprehensive guide to book buying that celebrates diverse voices all too often overlooked. Whether you’re looking to read classics and graphic novels by authors of color, or to read around the world, this book has the perfect recommendations, making it an ideal gift for any bookish person who likes to uplift authors of all identities and backgrounds.


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Da Shop Hush Little Keiki

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Hush Little Keiki

Written by Kim Vukovich and Illustrated by Mariko Merritt

From humpback whales playing in the sunset to hula dancing under a rainy night sky, Hush Little Keiki remakes the classic children’s lullaby “Hush Little Baby” in a uniquely Hawaiian way. This is a story parents and children will cherish for its soothing, beloved Island naturescapes. This bestselling board book is a popular gift choice at da Shop, and it’s back in stock just in time for the holidays.


All of these books can be ordered through da Shop, our 2020 Best of HONOLULU winner for Best Place to Find Your Next Great Read. Find more suggestions here. The Kaimukī bookseller is open for browsing Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Da Shop: Books + Curiosities, 3565 Harding Ave., (808) 421-9460,