Police investigating apparent homicide in Waimanalo

Police investigating apparent homicide in Waimanalo
Jolyn Kipapa with her family in a file photo.
Jolyn Kipapa with her family in a file photo.

WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police have opened a murder investigation after a woman in her 50’s was found stabbed to death Saturday morning in her Waimanalo home.

"Early this morning around 8:00 a.m., police were called to the caretaker’s residence here for assistance. Upon arrival they discovered a female victim with stab wounds. She was pronounced dead on the scene and a male suspect was taken into custody at that time," said Lieutenant Walter Calistro, with the Honolulu Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.

Relatives on scene identified the victim is Jolyn Kipapa and said she and her husband Kurt had been foster parents in Waimanalo for many years.

Samson Kaonohi, who said he is the victim's uncle, said Jolyn’s 16-year-old foster son stabbed her to death.

Jolyn spoke with Hawaii News Now in 2001 for National Foster Care month in May.

"Me and my husband been going together from school time, and we always wanted a lot of kids, and in fact when we first met and we first dated, in the back of his football picture, he put someday we'll have ten kids," said Jolyn in 2001.

"Being together with a lot of people in the house all together just makes my day," Kurt said in 2001.

Saturday’s incident happened at a home at Waimanalo Beach Park, commonly known as Sherwood's Beach, where Kurt is a caretaker.

Police say the suspect was arrested without incident.

They are still investigating a motive.

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