A former Sonoma County woman plunged about 150 feet to her death in a Hawaiian zip-line accident, Maui police said Friday.
Patricia “Trish” Rabellizsa, 29, formerly of Santa Rosa, died Thursday morning in Makawao after falling at Piiholo Ranch Zipline, where she was employed.
Rabellizsa apparently fell into a deep ravine, hampering rescue efforts. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police Lt. William Juan said.
Word of the accident stunned friends of the woman who sang hip-hop and R&B at Sonoma County clubs and sold her own jewelry.
“It’s super shocking and sad,” said lifelong friend Narayan Meyers of Santa Rosa. “I’ve been crying all day and taking refuge with mutual friends.”
Rabellizsa organized a popular weekly arts and crafts sale at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol known as the Juke Joint, Meyers said. She was one of the founders of Cabaret de Caliente, a local burlesque show.
She also played music at the Hopmonk and at nearby Jasper O’Farrell’s pub under the name Lady Abstract, Meyers said.
“She was an amazing singer,” said another friend, Bryce Williams. “She had this amazing, soulful voice.”
He said she was wokring on a CD before her death.
She also made and sold feathered earrings throughout the county, he said.
Rabellizsa was born in Hawaii but grew up mostly in Sebastopol, graduating from the Nonesuch School in 2002.
School director Lynne Koplof remembered her as a spunky, independent girl who kept her three older brothers in line. She built a climbing wall as part of a senior project and wanted to start her own business, Koplof said.