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Liberty originally hails from Wai‘anae and now calls Kaimuki home, where she lives with her cats Mara, Boo, and Rey. Liberty earned her bachelor’s degree in advertising from Hawai‘i Pacific University on a full-tuition scholarship. She’s also a graduate of Launch My Business, an accelerated entrepreneurial program sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership at YWCA O‘ahu. When she’s not working at or on Popoki + Tea — which is pretty much all the time — you can find her nerding out at a local trivia night, catching up on podcasts, or enjoying the occasional live rock show.
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Kamalei was born and raised in Kaimuki and Palolo, and graduated from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a certificate in ethnic studies. She still harbors dreams of becoming a Pokémon Trainer. When not trying to befriend and/or pet every animal she comes across, Kamalei loves to go on eating-related adventures, attend live music shows as often as possible, drink coffee at her favorite local spots, and take photos.
Cat Lounge Host
Abby was born in Novato, California, and moved to O‘ahu for college. She’s currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Sociology and a certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. She started at Popoki + Tea as a KAT Charities volunteer in September 2020 before officially joining the P+T team in May 2021. She adopted her cat Gio, previously known as Trixie, from P+T not long after she started volunteering with KAT Charities. When she’s not working at Popoki + Tea, Abby is either drinking all the iced coffees she can find, or traveling the world and learning new languages.