Teen accused of killing foster mother appears in court

Kaanoi Kipapa

A young man accused of killing his foster mother made his first court appearance Friday.

Kaanoi Kipapa was 16 years old when police say he stabbed Jolyn Kipapa, 52, in July at their family home in Waimanalo. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although he is a juvenile, Kipapa is being publicly identified because he will be tried as an adult.

Jolyn Kipapa was well-known in the tight-knit community.

She and her husband had opened their home to many foster children over the years and adopted Kipapa as a young boy.

Kipapa faces a second-degree murder charge. He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

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