Meet Our Team

Mara and Liberty

Liberty Peralta
Read our founder’s story

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, a local, federally sponsored accelerated entrepreneurial program. Before Popoki + Tea became a full-time endeavor for her, Liberty had a nine-year career in nonprofit public television in marketing, production, and management roles. When she’s not working at or on Popoki + Tea — which is pretty much all the time — you can find her nerding out at trivia night, catching up on podcasts, curating her Funko Pop collection, or enjoying the occasional live rock show.



Kamalei Hee
Cat Lounge Host

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.



Jessamyn Kedl
Cat Lounge Host

Jessamyn was raised in Minnesota and moved to O‘ahu for college. She earned a bachelors degree in environmental studies at Chaminade University. Prior to joining the Popoki + Tea team, Jessamyn was a veterinary technician for five years at an East Honolulu clinic, and briefly worked as a customer service agent for interactive dolphin experiences. Jess has three Persian cats, and in a past life, showed her award-winning felines at the local cat show. In her downtime, Jessamyn manages her pets’ social media and tries to keep up with her dogs’ active social life. She loves the beach and the outdoors.



Abby Wilcer
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 before officially joining the Popoki + Tea team in May 2021. She adopted her cat Gio, previously known as Trixie, from Popoki + Tea in its first year. 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.