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Man who stabbed mother sentenced

HONOLULU — A Hawaii man who fatally stabbed his mother when he was 16 has received a reduced prison term under young adult sentencing guidelines, reports said.

A judge sentenced Kaanoi Kipapa on Tuesday to eight years in prison for manslaughter in the July 2014 death of Jolyn Kipapa, news outlets reported.

Kipapa used kitchen knives to inflict multiple stab wounds to Jolyn Kipapa’s head and body while she was confined to her bed with a leg injury in their home in the town of Waimanalo, 18 miles east of Honolulu on Oahu, authorities said.

The normal prison sentence for manslaughter is 20 years. Hawaii sentencing laws allow judges to impose lower penalties for defendants who were age 21 or younger when they committed their crimes, officials said.

The judge also granted Kipapa credit for five years of time already served.

Kipapa was beaten daily from the time he was a young child, said defense attorney Crystal Glendon.

“She ordered this violence to happen. And if it wasn’t her doing it, she ordered her (biological) sons or her many foster children to do it to each other,” Glendon said.

At his sentencing, Kipapa said, “I was so broken, so damaged that I didn’t know what else to do. I will forever be sorry for what I done. She didn’t deserve to die.”

The abuse claims are untrue, said family members who appeared in court.


Airline gives superjumbo tours

HONOLULU — All Nippon Airways gave VIP tours of the world’s largest wide-body airplane following the arrival of a second successful test flight in Hawaii.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Wednesday that the Japanese airline landed its A380 “Flying Honu” at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Wednesday.

Democratic Gov. David Ige and others toured the double-decker aircraft and the airline’s two $5 million lounges, including a first-class area that seats 70 and a second lounge for up to 300 other passengers willing to pay a $40 fee.

The airplane painted to resemble Honu, Hawaii’s green sea turtle, will seat about 520 passengers. The test flight was another step toward the carrier’s 2020 goal of doubling its available seats between Honolulu to Tokyo.

Ige says the state contributed $13 million to airport improvements.