||Rest In Peace,Tiki-Kate
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Nov 22, 2009
From: Alameda, CA
|Posted: 2010-09-23 8:19 pm  Permalink|
We never met, or knowingly crossed paths. Clearly, she was a great friend to many people.
So sorry for everyone's loss.
Joined: Mar 23, 2007
|Posted: 2010-09-23 9:05 pm  Permalink|
I met Kate at my first Oasis in 2008...in fact at this carving village.......I was at the event alone and really didnt know anyone.
She befriended me as we talked about the tiki she was working on....i had asked her ...what will it look like when its done?
her response ...it is what it is.........now my favorite saying......She made my first oasis experience a fun one.....i have returned each year and did get to hang out with her at 09
...i missed her this year as she was unable to attend....ive met some great friends at oasis that were her friends........She was my mug trading partner twice in a row and we laughed about that.....we swapped stories about the Royal Lahaina resort as we had both been to it recently ..... These friendships i will never forget...as i will always remember Kate
The spirt and dedication that she had to the tiki spirt was evident in joy that you saw when you talked with her.........I am a better person for meeting her.......
I raise my mug to her....and lower it in sadness ........she wil be missed by all who knew her .......
Joined: Dec 31, 2005
From: Suburban San Diego (The Drawer)
|Posted: 2010-09-23 9:11 pm  Permalink|
The world is a little brighter for she havimg been a part of it and a little sadder that she left so soon.
Joined: Mar 25, 2005
From: Boogie Wonderland
|Posted: 2010-09-23 9:46 pm  Permalink|
Okay since we’re sharing details here’s something - She was Nauseatingly Punctual, you'd say “Let’s leave my place at 7:00 AM” and at 7:00:01 AM while still getting ready I'd get the call “Okay, I’m here are you ready to go?”
Joined: Jun 03, 2002
From: The fly-over states
|Posted: 2010-09-23 10:52 pm  Permalink|
The time we got to spend with Kate was very short. She was nice enough to come and hang out with us at the Bali Hai and at the Ona Tiki when we were in San Diego over our birthday weekend in 2006. What struck me at the time and is reinforced by the responses I'm reading here is that Kate was a very warm person and more importantly, very genuine. She lacked any pretense and spoke her mind. She was the kind of person who, after even a brief encounter, you'd count as a friend. We need more people like Kate in the world. I wish we'd been able to spend more time with her.
She will be missed.
Joined: Jun 19, 2007
From: San Gabriel Valley-SoCal
|Posted: 2010-09-23 11:22 pm  Permalink|
I can't properly relate how sad it is to hear about Kate, she was instrumental in encouraging me to come down to San Diego and attend several chops and events that I might not have attended otherwise. She made my son feel welcome when he came to learn amongst mostly adults and for that and all she did to make a difference in all our lives, she will be missed. Thanks Kate!
Joined: Mar 28, 2002
From: behind a cluttered desk
|Posted: 2010-09-23 11:58 pm  Permalink|
On 2010-09-23 00:18, GROG wrote:
Here you go Mieko.
Boris and I visited with her on Tuesday and had the pleasure of meeting her Dad, brother, and her sister Susan. Kate was pretty weak, and because of the drugs couldn't really speak or keep her eyes open for long. She said something, but it was too hard to hear her well, and it sounded like she said "Not sure", and tried to repeat it a couple of times. We couldn't figure out which question or statement she was responding to. It wasn't until later that night when I was home I realized she was saying "Nice shirt" because she recognized I was wearing the Hawaiian shirt she gave to me at the shirt swap at Tiki Oasis a couple of years ago. She had picked it out for me at Oasis from those she had brought with her, she held it up and said "This will look good on you", and shoved it into my hands. It's always been my favorite Hawaiian shirt.
What a great and kind spirited lady. I'll miss her very much.
Joined: Aug 22, 2004
From: Sunny Florida
|Posted: 2010-09-24 03:36 am  Permalink|
Awesome tributes for this very kind spirit.
She will be missed.
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Dec 12, 2008
|Posted: 2010-09-24 08:31 am  Permalink|
Sorry for the lost to family and friends
|Kiki von Tiki|
Joined: Mar 01, 2008
From: Irvine, CA
|Posted: 2010-09-24 11:32 am  Permalink|
Kate and I crossed paths at many events, I wish I had known her better. Hugs to all of her friends who will miss her. Rest well, Kate.
[ This Message was edited by: Kiki von Tiki 2010-09-24 13:59 ]
|Sabu The Coconut Boy|
Grand Member (first year)
Joined: Aug 20, 2002
From: Carson, California
|Posted: 2010-09-24 2:21 pm  Permalink|
On 2010-09-23 19:50, 4WDtiki wrote:
I was looking at Kate's facebook page today, and saw this great photo of her and Billy the Crud.
Billy sometimes rubbed Kate the wrong way, and they had had kind of a falling out, but that changed when they crossed paths room-crawling at Oasis 9, as evidenced in this shot:
I like this photo a lot. Kate was really happy that she and Billy had buried the hatchet and were friends again. She told me that story a couple of times.
Joined: Aug 28, 2002
From: Vallejo CA
|Posted: 2010-09-24 2:40 pm  Permalink|
This is just appalling. I only met Kate a few times but every single time was a delight. She was one of those rare, lovely, bright-spirited people for whom my (usually cantankerous and reclusive) heart just opens immediately. It was simply impossible not to feel at home with her right away; she was so easy and fun to be with, such a sweet, funny, kind and delightful human being. Kate, dear lady--I will never forget you. To all of you who loved her, I am so sorry for your loss.
Joined: Oct 05, 2005
|Posted: 2010-09-24 3:27 pm  Permalink|
kate was the first friend i made when i joined tiki central and one of the first i met at my first tiki event at jungle trader's house. she did many kind things for me over the years, and i tried to return the favor as often as i could. friends like kate are what make tiki central so special to me. i've missed her during her illness and even more now. my life was better for having tiki kate as my friend. i've always loved this pic i took of kate at tiki oasis '07. r.i.p. sistah.
i'm glad i have this sticker as a small permanent memorial to kate in my tiki room.
bangin' my slit gong drum until the cops come!
[ This Message was edited by: kingstiedye 2010-09-24 16:17 ]
|Enchanted Tiki Guy|
Joined: Aug 14, 2008
From: West Hollywood, CA
|Posted: 2010-09-24 3:29 pm  Permalink|
I wish I could've met Kate. I'm so sorry to hear of her passing!
Joined: Jun 24, 2002
From: Huntington Beach
|Posted: 2010-09-24 3:58 pm  Permalink|
I got to know Kate at the San Diego Chop Shop a few years ago. We were sitting at a table together with Mieko carving our Benzart Tikis when my carving knife slipped and I sliced my finger. It was a minor cut but she was quick to grab a band aid and help stop the bleeding. I remember how concerned she was because I had just recovered from open heart surgery and was on blood thinners that made the cut look worse than it was. She was a very caring and kind person and I will always remember her gentle, good nature. Prayers and good thoughts to you Kate and your loved ones. You will be missed and remembered always.