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Rest In Peace,Tiki-Kate
Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2010-09-23 09:44 am   Permalink

Having fun working hard.


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Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3293
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2010-09-23 10:55 am   Permalink

Farewell Tiki Kate,

You will remain in our hearts forever.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 9223
From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2010-09-23 10:58 am   Permalink

This is such a Sad terrible Loss.
I can't believe how young she was.
I am very sorry to hear this,
and Deepest condolences go out to her Family and Friends.

I didn't get to spend as much time with Kate at some did.
but the time that I did was always very fun.
One day Her and Al-ii and I went to Disney's California Adventure.

and I will never forget the first time meeting her at Ona Tiki's house party.
she was coming out of the Restroom(after relieving herself of too much booze)
I said to myself this is a cool chick.
not afraid to barf, and joke about it.

hope you find many more tiki treasures in Paradise.

Rest in Peace.


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Skinny Dog
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Joined: Feb 13, 2006
Posts: 302
From: Long Beach Ca. /Chicago
Posted: 2010-09-23 11:22 am   Permalink

Sleep well Kate.

Scott & Jen

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Grand Member (first year)  

Joined: Jul 13, 2009
Posts: 402
From: Burbank, CA.
Posted: 2010-09-23 11:30 am   Permalink

Aloha'oe, Kate.

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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
Posts: 779
Posted: 2010-09-23 11:51 am   Permalink

Just a reminder of some of the Tiki-Kate’s contribution to the content of Tiki-Central:

A Collection of Cannibals

Tiki-Kate’s great big collection of tiki wear

Topic: 1963 Hawaiian Vacation

Tiki-Kate’s Strange Little Beach Towel Collection

Thank you for posting pictures. Each one makes me smile.


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Joined: Mar 22, 2007
Posts: 226
From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2010-09-23 12:20 pm   Permalink

Message to Tiki Kate.

I was shocked and saddened when I heard the news of your passing.
You were one of the people that got me into Tiki and carving.
Even though we only spoke a few times, I can remember seeing you at every event I went to.
You will be missed.

P.S. Say hi to Yma, Martin, Arthur, Les, and Esquivel.
It should be a helluva concert.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 10, 2008
Posts: 354
From: Garden Grove CA
Posted: 2010-09-23 12:41 pm   Permalink

Aloha 'oe, aloha 'oe

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Grand Member (6 years)  

Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2010-09-23 12:42 pm   Permalink

Dear Kate.....your soul & memories will be with us always.....

With Love & Alohas, Ron & Mickee

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Joined: Oct 17, 2004
Posts: 331
Posted: 2010-09-23 12:50 pm   Permalink

This is just so sad Kate was such a wonderful person and amazing when it came to understanding Tiki subjects I personally enjoyed, she came to all of my lectures something I never forgot and always deeply appreciated,


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ookoo lady
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Joined: Jun 24, 2004
Posts: 779
Posted: 2010-09-23 12:57 pm   Permalink

Kate at the Mai Kai


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Joined: Jul 26, 2006
Posts: 210
From: Carmichael, CA
Posted: 2010-09-23 1:18 pm   Permalink

God Bless You Kate....R.I.P.....you are now pain-free, many will miss you and keep your spirit alive.

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Joined: Nov 09, 2004
Posts: 3683
From: The thumb !
Posted: 2010-09-23 1:27 pm   Permalink

I never met Kate but for me she was one of those few faces that I would recognize when on TC from all those years back till now so she was the familar face to this site and the way to connect to what was going on a world away. I feel very sad. ~teaKEY

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 2033
From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-09-23 1:28 pm   Permalink

(Please copy mine and add/change anything you'd like to this)

Kate was a Girl Scout leader.

Kate majored in Victorian-Era English Literature in college.

Kate hated reading all those novels in school, so she read Nancy Drew to clear her head. She collected a complete set of 1950’s edition Nancy Drews.

Kate had a job as an order fulfillment manager at a surgical supply warehouse. (Correct me if I’m wrong, please!) This always struck me as a classic 1950’s job, working in a bare-bones building under fluorescent lights, typing all day. You’d expect Rock Hudson to walk in and start complaining about year end quotas, with big zig-zag charts.

She was one of the very first members of Tiki Central, going back to when it was a Yahoo Users group. She remembers all the details of Bong getting kicked out, the birth of International Tiki Day, etc.

She has a complete or almost complete collection of Tiki Farm mugs. She was Holden’s biggest fan, and would always pump him for info about edition sizes and release dates. It was quite an education, simply following Kate around when she’d be hunting and questioning Holden.

Her entire mug collection was destroyed in a famous incident when a stolen car ended a high speed chase with the police by driving directly into her home, hitting the wall holding the mugs first. I’d still like to see pictures of this, Kate must have taken pictures. The whole collection was replaced piece by piece with insurance money.

She has a bumper sticker - "I Brake for Tiki-Kate's House".

Kate was either the outright inventor or head technical consultant for Ooga-Mooga, the ultimate tiki mug online database. It’s probably the coolest website on Earth, that’s all.

Kate loved to hang out at Oceanic Arts, when she was depressed about anything she’d just go buy a mask there. It worked every time.

Kate attended every chop, right from the start. She got to love carving so much, using it as an exercise/relaxation technique, that she carved in her kitchen in the morning! Just like Buzzy!

She had a huge collection of Hawaiian XL shirts and beach towels.

Kate drank Rum and Kava, and hated coffee.

Kate went to EVERY Tiki event. At one point you could tell if it was a good event simply because Kate went to it. She was legendary for driving for hours all across California, Hawaii, Nevada, the Blue Ridge Mountains, just to swill a drink and discuss matchbooks. This is all the more amazing, because she was a very shy person at heart.

Kate visited the original sources for the whole Tiki Culture, she actually went to New Zealand and Hawaii. Her tracking down the Legendary Lost Bamboo Grove at the end of a Hawaiian trail was an incredible feat of detective work, worthy of Nancy Drew herself.

Kate had the sweetest smile I’ve ever seen. Her smile grew in direct proportion to the amount of Tiki Folk around her.

Long live Kate, in all our hearts and minds.

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Joined: Nov 01, 2004
Posts: 16
From: The Isle of Hula, CA
Posted: 2010-09-23 2:08 pm   Permalink

What terribly sad news.

My thoughts go out to Tiki Kate's family and to all her friends here on TC. It seems like she was an amazing woman and I'm sad I did not get the chance to get to know her.

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