An early morning fire described by a fire official described as “suspicious” destroyed a Waimanalo Bay Beach Park caretaker’s home this morning.
A fire official said there was a gas can discovered at the scene at 41-1055 Kalanianole Highway.
Fire investigators determined the fire was intentionally set and refered the case to police, according to an email from a Fire Department spokesman.
The two-story structure at Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, also known as Sherwood Forest, was undergoing renovations and was unoccupied.
The building is considered a total loss with damage estimated at $300,000.
Seven fire companies, with 26 firefighters, responded to the 3:40 a.m. alarm. The fire was brought under control 30 minutes later.
The home was the scene of a deadly stabbing two years ago when a teenager allegedly killed his foster mother.
Kaanoi Kipapa, then 16 years old, is charged with second-degree murder in the July 5, 2014 stabbing death of his adoptive mother, Jolyn Kipapa, 52. The incident occurred in the family’s home at 41-1055 Kalanianaole Hwy. Kipapa’s husband was the park’s caretaker.
The suspect remains in custody at the Kapolei Youth Detention facility, unable to post $250,000 bail. The Family Court on Oct. 30, 2014 waived jurisdiction, allowing the Waimanalo teen to be tried as an adult.
Kipapa faces a fitness hearing next month.
According to a police affidavit filed in District Court, the suspect hit his foster mother numerous times with several knives as she lay in her bed on July 5, 2014.
No one else was home at the time.
Police said the suspect admitted that he “became enraged and began to beat and stab” his foster mother numerous times with several knives.
The suspect said he called police and reported that he killed his mother, the affidavit said.
The medical examiner said the cause of death of Jolyn Kipapa was “sharp force injuries of the head, torso and extremities.”