Meet Our Team

Mara and Liberty

Liberty Peralta
Founder/Owner/Operator
Read our founder’s story

Liberty originally hails from Wai‘anae and now calls Kaimuki home, where she lives with her house panther, Mara. You’ll often find her behind the front desk to greet you at Popoki + Tea! 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, squeezing in a Lagree workout, catching up on podcasts, or enjoying the occasional live rock show.

 

Fatima

Fatima Abed
Cat Lounge Host

A New Jersey native, Fatima now calls Kaimuki home. When Fatima was 17, a starving, brown-striped stray kitten walked up to her as she was sitting on her porch. Fatima brought a saucer of milk out for him and he curled up on her lap and fell asleep. Tiger made Fatima an animal lover. When she’s not taking care of our guests and kitties in our cat lounge, Fatima volunteers at Aloha Animal Sanctuary in Kahaluʻu. A gifted medium, Fatima also gives tarot and cat-astrology (“catstrology”) readings.

 

Kamalei

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.