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Rest In Peace,Tiki-Kate
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Joined: Sep 19, 2010
Posts: 43
Posted: 2010-09-27 05:46 am   Permalink

I am new here and of course did not know Tiki Kate but read some of her posts and even heard her name mentioned on a Quiet Village podcast...

not farewell, Kate, but fare forward!

I hope to meet you in the next life!


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Joined: Nov 19, 2006
Posts: 2511
From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2010-09-27 09:00 am   Permalink

I have always thought this was a really cute picture of Kate...I took it several years back at a Chop that we had over here at my house.

It just so happened that Kate's birthday fell on, or around the day that we had that Chop, and of course, as always, Kate was the first to show up to the Chop even though she had to travel further than anyone else. I gave Kate that (kind of ugly) Chop Tribute Mug you see her holding there in the picture towards the end of the Chop as a birthday goodie which she happily accepted...(I later felt very honored as I found out that Kate 'rarely' ever put any mug, or anything else, in her collection that did not have a tiki on it).

Anyway, back to the story, Cammo had brought some
Kava Kava to the Chop for us all to try...now, I don't know if all of you have tried Kava Kava, but it is some really nasty stuff...it tastes kinda like chalk and old sock! When I gave Kate the mug she piped up right away and said that she needed to break it in...she pointed to the un-drunk bowl of Kava Kava that we had sitting there and said, "fill it up". I filled that mug to the top, thinking she might take a little tastey, and make some scrunchy face, and throw the rest out....but Kate downed that mug of kava kava through that straw there as I snapped that picture...she looked up at me after she had finished, smiled and said, "hehehe, my tounge is numb!"

Dave (squid) just happened to be down here playing in the studio the other day when we first got the word that Kate had passed away....I told him the story of that picture, and showed him a bag of Kava Kava that Cammo had left behind the day of that old Chop. Dave said, "let's try it!"....we mixed up a bowl and, Dave, my wife Amy, and I sat around and drank it...we thought of Kate, and we giggled as our tounges went numb...

Kate, I love and miss you sis...I can't help but think we will meet again...


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Joined: May 18, 2006
Posts: 2010
From: San Diego
Posted: 2010-09-27 10:13 am   Permalink

re. Kava Kava

Billy the Crud and I bought a huge bag of the Kava from a Samoan at the Pacific Islander Festival after sharing a few bowls with him. Kate got interested in it after watching us slug it back, and when we didn't keel over or start barking like dogs (it just numbs your mouth and puts you in a strange dream/cognitive state, man I really had weird dreams that night!) she looked like she wanted some. Come to think of it, I think she's the one who later donated her stocking to use as the sieve to strain the Kava liquid through!

Kate was great at really being interested in the true native experience, if you would have asked her to go live on a remote South Sea Island for a year, she probably would have done it and worked to make the place like the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse in no time flat, coconut mugs gleaming in the sun, all in a row.

Gonna miss that lady.

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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 958
From: near Atlanta, Georgia
Posted: 2010-09-27 6:32 pm   Permalink

from 2007 Oasis

Just saw this post, very sorry to hear of Kate's passing. My condolences to her family.
Kate will be greatly missed.

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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
Posts: 3193
From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2010-09-28 08:45 am   Permalink

What horrible news! RIP, Kate.

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Joined: Dec 28, 2005
Posts: 1689
From: Mission Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-09-28 4:26 pm   Permalink

I don't think I could ever really wrap my head around the illness being something your bright spirit would not surely overcome eventually or that I might not have a chance to talk with you again. You were very nice to me and I will always remember you with great fondness. Your kindness, wit, humor, bravery and determination will continue to inspire me.

God bless you Kate, and may your friends find comfort in the knowledge that you are now free from a vessel that was failing you.

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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
Posts: 1560
From: Ventura County
Posted: 2010-09-28 8:17 pm   Permalink

Kate came out last summer & spent the weekend with us. We had a great time listening to her stories of her travels to New Zealand and the thrift/antique shopping we did together. While Mrs. Fury & I saw her at many events over the years, we regret not spending more time like the weekend we had together. I always forget to take pictures at events so we only have a few with Kate. This was from Scott & Laura's winter party last year...

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Joined: May 30, 2007
Posts: 109
From: Kailua Kona, HI
Posted: 2010-09-29 11:19 pm   Permalink

Never got the chance to meet you, but I know in my heart your aloha would have been wonderful. May you raise the bar and the glass of every tiki bar in the world to have had the honor of your aloha spirit. Big shoes to fill and bigger hearts to fill with the loss....Mahalo and a hui hou.

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Joined: Nov 16, 2007
Posts: 5093
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Posted: 2010-10-01 4:51 pm   Permalink

Wished I had got the chance to know Tiki Kate better. I loved her posts on her amazing Hawaiian shirt collection and her urban archeology expeditions.

One of my favorites was the exploration of the closed Don The Beachcombers at Disneyland California Adventure.


She will be missed.


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Joined: Jun 25, 2008
Posts: 474
From: West Leroy, Pennsylvania
Posted: 2010-10-01 7:53 pm   Permalink

I never knew Tiki Kate personally, but I enjoyed her posts & I will miss her presence here. She was a nice person & we need nice people in this world. This world is a sadder place cuz she is no longer here.

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Joined: Nov 21, 2006
Posts: 119
From: North Shore, O'ahu, to OC, Cali.
Posted: 2010-10-03 10:39 am   Permalink

My heart is saddened by this news. Kate was a frequent visitor to our humble little tiki shop. When she came, she always made a time of it. Her visits were never hurried, her eyes were always smiling, her smile was always happy, her camera at the ready. She breezed through easily like a welcomed and refreshing trade wind. I always thanked her for making the effort to find us, even when times were hard and visits by others were few. I know her sweet spirit is now, and will forever be missed by many who knew and loved her. I'm sure she's now saving places at the big luau.

Hohonu Aloha menemene. Aloha na Hale o 'Oukou i Makamaka 'Ole.

Deepest sympathy and love to Kate's family and home that has lost a friend.
The fragrance of the blossom lasts even after the bloom has closed.

Malama Pono e me ke aloha pumehana. Pua

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Bambú Yoo-hoo
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Joined: Jan 28, 2009
Posts: 101
From: The Nairobi Room, Umgawa Reef Motel
Posted: 2010-10-05 03:35 am   Permalink

Aloha 'Oe, Tiki-Kate.

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The Gnomon
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Joined: May 01, 2007
Posts: 1293
From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2010-10-05 07:05 am   Permalink

The first I ever heard of Kate was when the alert went out to TC that she was very ill and really in need of big Tiki love.

I only noticed her at all because of GROG, who rarely takes a genuine interest in someone who walks upright, posted something under Prayers for Tiki Kate. When I checked to see what was up with that, I learned of Kate and her plight.

I've been on TC for a few years and have yet to meet another TCer in person. After learning about Kate, I thought she was probably the one I would most enjoy meeting of all, hopefully, one day after she got well.

It seems I will have to wait a while longer, but when I go myself, I'll definitely be looking around for that sweetheart. She's busy with her new life now, but she crossed over adorned in some powerful aloha, so I know she must be doing well.

My condolences to her family. We might have lost her for now, but she hasn't lost us, not me anyway.

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Tiki Tack
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Joined: Jun 12, 2009
Posts: 15
Posted: 2010-10-06 07:29 am   Permalink

Ugh.... This makes me so sad.

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Mr. NoNaMe
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Joined: May 10, 2006
Posts: 1919
Posted: 2010-10-06 8:02 pm   Permalink

Dear Kate,
I wish we could have done more than chop. I am bummed that I didn't travel more to the north to have cocktails with you and to shop and to thrift and swap and such.
I am so happy that I was able to chop with you and to swap match books. And so glad the 'Onas brought you to the house. Thank you SO much for the jacket!!
This is so hard. I will always cherish your humor.

....Thanks Susan!
We'll all be up.

Erik, Trish & Ana and Bul


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