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Waimanalo teen to be tried as adult in adoptive mom’s death

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    KaAnoi Kipapa, 16, was indicted by an Oahu grand jury Wednesday on a charge of murder for the brutal stabbing of his foster mother.

A 16-year-old Waimanalo boy was indicted by an Oahu grand jury Wednesday on a charge of murder for the stabbing of his adoptive mother.

Ka’Ano’i Kipapa told police he became enraged and he hit and stabbed Jolyn Kipapa repeatedly, according to court documents.

On Thursday, Family Court Judge Jennifer L. Ching waived jurisdiction of the youth, ordering that he be turned over to Circuit Court to be tried as an adult. Kipapa was then charged with second-degree murder.

Kipapa was arrested July 5 on suspicion of 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.

At 7:48 a.m July 5, police received a call from a male 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, they found a suspect covered in blood, according to a police affidavit.

Jolyn Kipapa’s body was discovered in the rear bedroom, and she had been stabbed multiple times. Besides the mother and son, no one else was in the Sherwood Forest home. The medical examiner determined that the cause of death was “sharp-force injuries of head, torso, and extremities.” The matter of death was determined to be homicide.

In a statement to police, the teenager said “he became enraged and began to beat and stab” his foster mother with several knives. He said he called 911 and that after the call he went back and repeatedly stabbed his mother again.

Family members said Kipapa’s husband is the park’s caretaker and besides children of their own, the couple had raised and adopted several foster children.

“I always loved kids,” Jolyn Kipapa said in a 2003 interview with the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. In 11 years, the Kipapas had cared for more than 20 children, according to the article. “God gives everyone a calling. I guess this is my calling,” she said.

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