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A 16-year-old Waiamano boy told police that he hit his foster mother repeatedly and then stabbed her numerous time with several knives when he became “enraged,” according to court documents.

Kaanoi Kipapa on Thursday was charged with second-degree murder of Jolyn Kipapa after Family Court Judge Jennifer L. Ching waived jurisdiction of the youth and ordered that he be turned over to Circuit Court to be tried as an adult.

The younger Kipapa was arrested and charged that night for second-degree murder. His bail was set at $250,000 and he was transferred to Oahu Community Correctional Center from the Juvenile Detention Center in Kapolei.

His preliminary hearing was to be held in District Court Wednesday afternoon unless an Oahu grand jury decides to indict the youth.

On July 4 at 7:48 a.m, police received a call from a man who said he thought he had killed his mother and that “his mother had a knife in her chest.”

When police arrived at the state Waimanalo Bay Beach Park caretaker’s residence the suspect left a room covered in blood, according to a police affidavit.

The body of his mother was discovered in the rear bedroom with multiple stab wounds. Besides the mother and son, no one else was in the Sherwood Forest home.

The medical examiner determined that the cause of death to be “sharp force injuries of head, torso, and extremities.” The matter of death was determined to be homicide.

In a statement to police the suspect said that “he became enraged and began to beat and stab” his foster mother numerous times with several knives.

The younger Kipapa said he called 911 and that after the call he went back and repeatedly stabbed his mother again.

In July, family members said Kipapa’s husband is the park’s caretaker and besides children of their own, the couple have raised and adopted several foster children.

In 11 years the Kipapas have cared for more than 20 children, according to a 2003 Honolulu Star-Bulletin article.

“I always loved kids,” Jolyn Kipapa said in the newspaper article. “God gives everyone a calling. I guess this is my calling.”

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