• 13 Jun 2013 /  Uncategorized 129 Comments
    Brittany Royal & Boaz Johnson

    Brittany Jane Royal and Boaz Johnson. (Photo courtesy of Kathy and Tom Johnson.)

    (Editor’s note:  The family of Boaz Johnson is here on Hawaii Island seeking clues to the disappearance of their son and the murder of his girlfriend Brittany Jane Royal. Bo’s mother Kathy, father Tom, older brother Mark and friend Matt Hale sat with Big Island Chronicle editor and publisher Tiffany Edwards Hunt at a Pahoa restaurant for two hours on Wednesday, June 12.)

    By Tiffany Edwards Hunt

    The family of Boaz Johnson is here from Petersburg, Alaska, desperately trying to find answers to disappearance of 22-year-old Boaz and the strangling death of Boaz’s girlfriend.

    The morning after Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 28, a fisherman reportedly found Brittany Jane Royal, 25, floating in the ocean fronting the lava viewing area.  The fisherman was said to have left the body with a lava tour boat operator before authorities arrived.  Neither the fisherman nor the lava tour boat operator have been publicly identified.

    For a couple of days before police publicly identified Royal, all the public knew was her physical description — “a Caucasian woman possibly in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-8 with a slim build, short brown hair and a tattoo of ‘Veritas’ on her lower back.” Veritas, meaning truth, was the goddess of truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue.  See details of the Roman mythology pertaining to Veritas here.

    Within days of announcing the discovery of Royal’s strangled body, police issued a release seeking Boaz Johnson, who they said family members had not heard from since Memorial Day.  Another release stated Boaz was a “person of interest” in Royal’s death.  Johnson and Royal had been camping together before Royal was killed and Johnson disappeared, according to the police issued statement.

    To date, that’s all the public officially knows.  But the family of Boaz Johnson want the public to know this wasn’t just two people camping together, they were in love and planning a life together.

    The Johnson family is here on the island, digging deeper into the mystery, hopeful to find Boaz alive but fearful of what that could mean, and scared too that he also was a murder victim alongside his girlfriend.

    Within days of Johnson family members’ arrival here from Alaska here, they realized that police were following them. During the two-hour interview at a Pahoa restaurant with the Johnsons, an unmarked patrol car sat in the parking lot in plain sight.  The Johnson family is not sure why police are following them, and at first were disturbed by it, but are now getting used to it.  They say they haven’t had much contact with the police, that they are treating Boaz like a suspect because he is missing, and, in the course, acting very elusive with the family.  In fact, the Johnson family says one of the two detectives assigned to the case, Det.  Robert Almeida, has been in Florida since they’ve been on the island.

    As the family spoke with BIC, Almeida called them.  “It’s nice that they’re calling right now, it’s the first,” said Tom Johnson and his wife Kathy answered. “It’s kinda hard to run a police investigation from Florida, isn’t it?” Kathy told the detective.

    “Ar you investigating anybody else besides Bo?” she asked.

    “Can you answer me the reasons police are following us?”  She also inquired about whether police were able to obtain Boaz’s phone records.

    After Kathy ended the phone call, she told her family what was said.  “A bunch of non-responses,” Mark Johnson surmised.  Kathy said police want Boaz Johnson’s bank records from them.  They don’t even know where he banked.

    The Johnson family is horrified that police are focusing on their son as a suspect, since they believe he is either a victim alongside his girlfriend or hiding out from whoever killed Brittany.

    They described Boaz as a naturalist who could shimmy any coconut tree who was in love with Brittany, who was about three months pregnant, and who wanted to make a life with her in Kalapana.

    Boaz brought Brittany to Alaska in late April, so he could introduce her to his family.  For a few months before the Alaska trip, the couple and Boaz’s sister Ruth rented a house for $700 per month in a kipuka out on the lava field.

    The house was surrounded by lava and did not have any vehicular access; none of them had a vehicle.  They hitchhiked or caught rides from friends, and hauled their supplies out to the house in backpacks.

    While Boaz and Brittany were staying with the Johnson family in Alaska, Brittany took a pregnancy test and announced that she was expecting. They went on to see Brittany’s family in Tustin, Calif., before returning to the Big Island on May 9.

    While with the Johnson family, Brittany and Boaz had discussed their plan to buy 10 acres in Kalapana and start up an organic farm.

    “Brittany was like-minded.  They fit together pretty good,” Tom Johnson said.

    Kathy Johnson recalls that Brittany had “an extraordinary voice — a beautiful singing voice.” Boaz and Brittany both played the guitar and ukulele and, during the Alaska visit, they played music with some of Boaz’s siblings. (The Johnsons have 12 children in all.)

    Brittany was into yoga and meditation, and Boaz got into the same after he started dating her, said Matt Hale, a longtime friend of Boaz’s from Illinois who visited Brittany and Boaz in April while they were renting the Kalapana house (12-5495 Lokelani).

    When they came to visit the Johnson family in Alaska, Boaz and Brittany had sent themselves a box of food, so they could eat like they did on the Big Island.  Kathy Johnson recalls the box included coconut oil and “bean sprouts” — they apparently ate a lot of bean sprouts, “and sweet potatoes,” Kathy Johnson added.

    The couple wasn’t vegetarian, but the food in Alaska is quite different than it is in Hawaii, and Boaz explained to the family that they didn’t want to “shock their system” by changing their diet so drastically on the trip.

    Brittany and Boaz were very holistic and concerned about what they put in their bodies, so they weren’t really the type of people who regularly consumed alcohol, smoked marijuana or did any mind-altering drugs, Matt Hale said.  He recalls that, when he came out to visit the couple in April before Boaz and Brittany went to Alaska, Boaz trekked over to the Kaimu Corner Store to get Matt a six pack of beer because he knew Matt liked beer.

    Living out on the lava like they were, they would get up when the sun came up, and they would go to bed when the sun went down, Matt Hale observed.

    Drug activity in the area was bothersome to the couple, Matt said, recalling Brittany and Boaz telling them about older men taking advantage of young girls after giving them hallucinogenics.  Matt Hale recalls sitting on Kaimu beach with Brittany and a friend when the women pointed out to Matt one of the men in the area known to take advantage of young girls.

    The Johnson family also said that Boaz, who had sought to make money doing lava tours, had a conflict with another established tour operator.  Boaz and his sister had both relayed to their parents details of the conflict after it happened. Tom Johnson recalls telling his son, “Watch yourself” and “Take care of yourself,” and, both Matt Hale and Boaz’s older brother Mark, who also had heard about the conflict with the lava tour operator, remember Boaz “played it off like it was no big deal.”

    In fact, Boaz and Brittany loved Kalapana and were committed to homesteading in the area. They worked with a local realtor to find 10 acres out on the lava field and, at the time of Brittany’s death and Boaz’s disappearance, were camping out near the property.

    The day that Brittany’s body was found the couple was actually scheduled to meet with the Realtor to finalize the purchase of the property.  The Realtor hadn’t heard from Brittany and Boaz, and had Boaz’s parents’ number because Tom and Kathy actually had the money Boaz was going to use to put toward the property purchase.

    The Johnsons say they last spoke with their son just after 5 p.m. Hawaii time on Memorial Day.  Boaz had talked with his mother a few hours earlier, and then called back to talk with his father.

    When Kathy Johnson spoke with Boaz on that Monday afternoon he was clearly out on the lava field.  She could tell by the sound of the wind in the phone.

    Boaz’s conversations with both parents were about them selling his various belongings to raise money for the land that he was buying with Brittany.  But Tom Johnson recalls telling his son he didn’t have to buy the land if he didn’t want to; it wasn’t too late to back out and he could spend his money in other ways.  He recalls Boaz telling him how much he wanted to buy the land and how he wanted to homestead out there on the lava and start a hydroponics farm.

    The Johnsons also recall talking with Boaz about his desire to rent a house nearby for $350 per month in order to make Brittany more comfortable, because of the nausea she was enduring with the pregnancy.

    The Johnsons would like to find the person who was planning to rent the house to Brittany and Boaz.  They also want to know exactly where the couple was camping and who might have been camping with them or near them.  Since they have been on the island, the Johnsons have heard that there may have been up to three people camping with Brittany and Bo, or near them.

    Also, the Johnson family and a Realtor in the same office as the one who was selling Boaz and Brittany the 10-acre parcel all relayed this disturbing story: someone was planning to buy a couple of parcels near the 10-acre parcel Brittany and Bo intended to buy in order to engage in a lava tour business. But a nearby landowner threatened and intimidated that person into not buying the property.  The Realtor wouldn’t go on the record with Big Island Chronicle, however, and wished not to be identified for fear of retribution.  The Realtor said the person who backed out of the land deal is “terrified” and also, for fear of retribution, doesn’t want to be identified or publicly discuss what happened.

    Meanwhile, with the police so blatantly following the Johnsons, they acknowledge that police could be protecting them.  After about seven or eight police officers followed them to Kona and the Johnsons called the police, they were told that officers were assigned to them for their “protection.”

    “I feel like they should be investigating the murders, or Bo’s disappearance,” Matt Hale said.

    “My belief is there’s a good chance he’s a victim,” Mark Johnson said.  “I have to say, with police following us, it gives me hope they know something we don’t know.  The hardest part is they won’t tell us enough to get to the point where we can have a conclusion, have that gut instinct.”

    “My hope, since they are so intent on us, is that they know something we don’t know,” Kathy Johnson said.  “I don’t want to entertain the other possibilities, because that would mean he would be gone,” she said, trying to hold back tears. Not knowing,  “that is the thing that is keeping me going, so I don’t want to give up.”

    “I look at it as a 50-50 chance that he’s alive or dead,” Tom Johnson said. “Every day we don’t hear from him or police, our hopes slip away that he’s alive.  I want justice to be served, and I want to know the truth, whatever the truth is.  I want it properly investigated.”

    “My gut instinct is he’s still alive,” Matt Hale said.  “He’s scared maybe, because his girlfriend was murdered.  It’s his unborn child.  He’s grieving.  Different scenarios have played out in my head.  None of them really make sense.”

    The Johnson family says they have been in close contact with the Royals, and are on good terms.

    “Both families want the truth,” Tom Johnson said. “They know we’re hurting.  We know they’re hurting.”

    The family referred to online conversations about the case, and how at least one person has indicated having spoken with Bo since his disappearance.  The family wants to talk with that person and anyone who has heard from Bo, knows his whereabouts or knows anything about the case.  They asked BIC to publicly reveal Kathy Johnson’s cell phone number, which is (309)716-4398.

    Anyone with information about the case should also contact police.  Almeida can be reached at (808) 961-2386 or ralmeida@co.hawaii.hi.us and the other detective assigned to the case, Fetuutuunai Amuimuia, can be reached at (808) 961-2278 or famuimuia@co.hawaii.hi.us. Neither Almeida nor Amuimuia returned BIC’s messages at press time.  And Prosecutor Mitch Roth wouldn’t comment on the case or any of the rumors referred to in this story or generally circulating the community.

    police cars following the Johnsons

    Police vehicles parked at the King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel where the Johnsons stayed last weekend, after Mark Johnson and Matt Hale arrived at the Kona International Airport.

    Posted by Tiffany Edwards Hunt @ 11:48 am

129 Responses

  • Buddah Belly Says:

    6 or 7 police needed to tail the parents? No wonder not a damn thing gets figured out around here. They are protecting the murderers, like it seems happens very often on this island. I mean, isn’t there only 6 or 7 police in all of Puna? The priorities of the police department are very suspect… Come on Mitch, get with the program, have some real smart people investigate the persons running tour companies out there. Those who are innocent are not going to mind, they want to have this solved.

  • Damon Says:

    @Buddah this has nothing to do w/ tour companies and I wish that notion would get squashed.

    This family would like to blame anyone but their own son for a violent murder that has taken place… slandering and defaming a company in the process.

  • Ruth Johnson Says:

    I am interested in the truth. What happened, who killed Brittany, who was involved, and is Bo alive or dead? All angles should be investigated. A search for Bo, whether it be him alive or his body, investigations into the claimed threats to his life, and the mysteries surrounding Brittany’s murder.

    Thank you, Puna and Kalapana, for your support and patience. For what it’s worth, I had a wonderful stay in Kalapana. I loved it so much, I was considering buying property out there as well.

  • Abi Johnson Says:

    We are not trying to blame anyone. But if there was violence threatened against my brother and he is missing, it should be investigated. No one is trying to pass the blame here; we just want the truth, either way. The fact is my brother is missing and his girlfriend was murdered. He likely met the same fate and just wasn’t caught in a fisherman’s line and found. I pray to God that he is alive. There are just so many unknowns. Please don’t blame anyone until concrete evidence is found and this mystery is solved.

  • Tiffany Edwards Hunt Says:

    Hi Ruth et al:
    I just want to let you know that I am committed to getting to the bottom of this story, and I am truly sorry that you and your family and Brittany’s family are in this nightmare.
    Please feel free to call me anytime. I am at (808)938-8592.

  • Buddah Belly Says:

    How do you know that Damon? I love Pahoa and Kalapana. As I said, there needs to be investigation. Why are 6 or 7 cops wasting time trailing the parents? It should only take 1 to do that. It’s not like the parents are trying to hide anything. Times are tight, and you can read about intimidation by someone out there on the lava in the Tribune Herald, maybe trying to “protect their turf”…? In case you didn’t know, there are shitty drugs going around, and gangs of thugs who like to beat up people, so it could be something like that. We won’t know if the cops and prosecutors sit around in the parking lots in Kona watching the parents.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    All thanks to Tiffany Edwards for taking her time to report on this issue.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    Please help the family find the answers, the truth.


  • L Says:

    @Damon, Seriously, do you know something the police don’t? If so, perhaps you should let them know.

  • rotten in denmark Says:

    no slander local company when we can slander family of missing person. After all, no need proof when one is local and one is mainland. That’s the way we do things when you are From the Big Island.

  • Handyman Says:

    Aloha Buddah Belly,

    Our local authorities know exactly what they’re doing. Whether they have 6 or 7 cops on the job isn’t important but what is, is that they’re on the case and not ignoring it. Quit complaining about how our local authorities do their job and let them perform their duties without your flabbergasting comments.

    Please keep in mind that if you’re a resident in the County of Hawaii, then you’re putting down your own police force. And if that’s truly how you feel, then perhaps you’re residing in the wrong community?


  • Damon Says:

    Yeah…. I know a lot that most of you anonymous folks don’t have any clue of.

    Back off the lava tours and focus on the facts!

  • nobody Says:

    Accusing someone of slander, when it is actually the truth, is slander. The attitude of many people (or one person?) who are trying to accuse the victims or their families is atrocious. The murderer(s) committed a heinous, heinous crime. Somebody thinks it was justified because the victims were encroaching on someone’s turf? That is wrong – not as bad as the actual crime itself – but suggests the same type of psychological problem.

  • Damon Says:


    The person representing the company that has been falsely accused of all these accusations has been cleared by polygraph by the police.

    Not only for this murder… but all other allegations made online.

    Any further comments about this company… I myself will be compiling for a future lawsuit that will include asking the courts to reveal IP addresses of individuals making defamatory and slanderous comments about this company.

  • Justin Avery Says:

    Indeed Tiffany, thanks for bringing this story to the light, great work, may the truth be revealed.

  • Vampire Says:

    Just pray the police find the facts of the case, and the killer is brought to Justice.

    The police will need many of your prayers to solve a murder in the Puna jungle/lava fields with no witnesses, at least no witnesses so far that we know of.

    We could speculate forever on what happened, but the fact is we have to rely on local law enforcement to do the job. How the lead detective proposes to solve this case from Florida is beyond me.

    In the past, I have said that the only way you can get the cops to do ANYTHING is if there is a DEAD BODY somewhere. Well there is one now, and this seems like a very challenging case.

    The police really need to check every lead and make every scientific test on the evidence they have which is , up to now, just the body of the deceased. First thing I would test is the DNA of the unborn child if for no other reason but to eliminate a potential motive if the unborn child had a biological father other than the husband. That is the only motive I can imagine for the husband to have done it. That said the family is right, check into the known threats made. And undercover agents should be in Kalapana fishing for real leads instead of following the family around. Just set up a bucket and a fishing line along red road or hang out at Kehena and TALK to people. Go to that farmer’s market Wednesday and see who does or does NOT show up as usual. Who is missing that usually shows up? The killers won’t be waiting at the Pahoa Cash and Carry to be picked up.

    Who knows what happened at this point?

    Only the killer and victims.

    May peace find it’s way to the bereaved.

  • Ken Says:

    Specifically what are these Police protecting this family from?

  • Jasper Says:

    Seems like this is some kine of natural re-occurrence for Puna, especially Pahoa/Kalapana/Kapoho Area.
    Lots of speculation also seems to follow, gossip.

    It’s possible they were out on the cliff/shore and got washed off by a big wave and got swept away. That happens not infrequently as well. Accident?

    Then again it could be that roving band of cop protected, icehead, gang members who go wielding in the night.
    There are missing people all the time. Just put missing in the search box above and see how many stories were reported here in the past two years.

    Yogi Yoswara
    Robert Allen Park
    Sean Ryan
    Munirah Mokihana Dewan-Fabian
    Francesca O’Brien
    Fran Uilani Kaniho
    Chye Robert Kulakauka Galante
    Naomi Sanders
    Kimberly Satya Horoschak
    Darlene Santos
    Kathleen Lee Carvalho

    and found dead/swept out to sea
    Ceasare Moses
    John Joel Nicholas Buentipo

    and that’s just the past 24 months…….
    and not a complete list I’m sure.

  • Tiffany Edwards Hunt Says:

    I am curious to know how many people/groups are doing lava tours now? My understanding is there are a lot. If someone would please email me a list of the names/groups who are walking people out to the lava for a fee, I would appreciate it. Email is newswoman@mac.com.

    Also, there are a lot of “lava dwellers” out there. Is there any kind of community association for that area, or a way to track who is out there living in structures or pitching a tent?

    Where is the bus stop, and what are the times when the bus comes that way?

  • Vampire Says:

    A wave did not “sweep them away” if the coroner determined the cause of death as strangulation.

  • Paul Bratton Says:

    I’m an Alaskan who spends 2 weeks on the Big Island each winter so I well understand why Bo & Brittany wanted to make their home in Puna. It is very sad that the dark side of life in the islands has destroyed their future.

    While it is understandable that the police would have some suspicions about Bo so long as he is missing, having 7 or 8 officers follow the Johnson family around is truly bizarre. This sounds like third world intimidation rather than real police work.

    One hopes that the tour operator that threatened Bo was simply a blowhard and not a culprit. At the same time such blustering behavior can trigger unstable persons to take action. The fact that Bo was about to purchase property, and might be assumed to have ready cash, is another factor that may have triggered a robbery that went bad.

    For the family’s sake I hope answers are found soon and that those responsible are held to answer. This is a beautiful place with many good people. This sort of crime has no place here.

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    @ Damon – I see you making a lot of comments on different blogs seeming to know a lot of information. How is that? What do you know and HOW do you know it?

    You said: Yeah…. I know a lot that most of you anonymous folks don’t have any clue of.

    Back off the lava tours and focus on the facts!
    What are the facts then? Help shed light on the situation. There are families who want answers.

    What do you know?????

  • Kanaka Kama'aina Says:

    Damon is a typical Puna thug. Question him and he will buss you up. Welcome to the redneck capital of America! People with nothing to hide are not defensive about questions in their direction.

  • family of the deceased Says:

    Investigate everything. Talk to anyone who could possibly help. We are at the mercy of the PD who we trust, but so often help comes from those who are close to the players involved from all angles. we need real facts, a lot has been written that we the families already know isn’t fact. Please keep your eyes open and your ears close to the ground. Someone out there knows the truth. We need closure on the killer of our daughter. We will never get closure overall as we will never get her back. We thank the Hawaiian community and don’t want anyone falsely accused no matter which side you lean towards. Thank you..keep looking!

  • Sarah Johnson Says:


    Where are you getting this information from? Source?

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    Damon Tucker, has a website, where he reports on local news on Big Island. When I asked him, by comment post, “Where is Boaz Johnson, I did not see him on the list?” He responded “I don’t put suspected murderers on my list.”


  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    Damon Tucker, has a website, where he reports on local news on Big Island. He has page specifically for MISSING PERSONS. I visited the page but could not find my brother anywhere on there. When I asked him, by comment post, “Where is Boaz Johnson, I did not see him on the list?” He responded “I don’t put suspected murderers on my list.”

    His prejudice is made extremely clear by his comments.


  • rotten in denmark Says:

    Follow the money… if the police, instead of following the family around, would put a stop to all the blatantly obvious criminal activity on the Red road, for example, open drug markets, unlicensed businesses, business not operating to code, until this case was solved, the facts would come out in the open fast! Put the heat on the crooks, dry up their source of revenue and people would start talking!

  • Geoff Shaw Says:

    I hope the two families that either know of their loss or are left wondering can soon find closure and solace.
    Concerning the tour companies their business depends on the tourists so they last thing they want hear about is murders in the location they want people to visit. I hope that at least with that particular issue common sense can prevail. We need to work together to find answers and discover potentials so that our children and their children can live in a place (no matter where that place is) that thrives on love and acceptance instead of fear.

  • Angie and Ray Says:

    How bout this… Fuck you Damon, the comment “Damon is a typical Puna thug. Question him and he will buss you up.” doesn’t scare me, BRING IT ON BITCH ! you always have something to say back don’t you, okay well how bout sticking this in your files for your bogus lawsuit, maybe you have something to do with this, you’re so quick to threaten hum? And as for you Rotten in Denmark, really is that how you do things on the big island wtf is that supposed to mean? oh and your literacy needs worked on big guy. you always have something to say back don’t you! or do you? I know Bo and my husband worked with Bo and Matt, he’s been to my house for dinner and I am 99% (only because you really never know what a person is capable of) that he DID NOT do anything to this girl! I think this needs to become a federal issue because apparently the locals aren’t getting shit done! Wow how naive of me to think I wanted to visit Hawaii someday, well that’s on my no no list now.

  • Karl Says:

    Angie and Ray: I know you’re upset, but you need to calm down enough to read straight and not reply angrily to people who are agreeing with you. Not to mention misplaced writing criticism.

  • Damon Says:

    I’m defending a friend that was unjustly and wrongly accused of this by folks.

    He has proven himself to the police through a polygraph test.

    I wonder if the relative that alleges Boaz was threatened by a lava tour operator would also subject themselves to a polygraph to see if their story pan’s out to be true.

    And to you anonymous folks… I won’t respond to your remarks.

    Anyone that knows me personally… and that includes the publisher of this website… knows I’m anything but a local thug.

    *I support KCT!

  • nobody Says:

    Damon, It’s honorable that you want to defend your friend.

    What’s your opinion, is a murder in the same ballpark of seriousness as accusing someone else of something?

    Can you use your local knowledge to offer a factual answer: is Bo alive or dead?

  • Sara Says:


    Our Justice system here is corrupt. I want to see polygraph results from the FBI, not the local police who he is either related to or friends with.

    And fyi, I am 100% positive Bo isn’t the only person he has threatened and harassed. People are going to be coming forward, better make sure you have your facts straight.

  • Angie and Ray Says:

    Okay first of all to you Karl, I am calm but thank you for your concern. and I did read the comments straight, but maybe you should go back through the comments and read them again because one of Rottens comments is the complete opposite of the other, that’s how I understood it, maybe he should’ve proof read his comments before he posted, but that’s neither here nor there, the point is that everyone is on the locals sides because no one knows Bo, my point is we do! and just because he is missing does not mean he is guilty, but you want someone to pin this on, so why not the non local. Now my condolences do go out to Brittany’s family but I’m sure that even they know it wasn’t Bo. and to you Damon, a polygraph test, really? you still use them there huh wow impressive, how about using some cadaver dogs or don’t you have police dogs there. And by referencing us anonymous folks, you kinda did respond to our remarks didn’t you? lol I’m guessing all brawn and no brains

  • Kealoha Says:

    The only witness is prob Bo, and until he is located there will be a mystery here…. tailing the family is all part of the process, accept it and get over it…. the Cops in Puna are VERY good, they do solve very difficult crimes quite often, even the infamous Dana Ireland Murder, and the recent murder of Dante Gilman and even located his body deep in the jungles off Stainback Hwy… for an island w/ only 180,000 people spread out over more than 4,000 sq miles, our murder/violent crime rate is actually rather low… sure there will be unsolved crimes, with our climate and many jungles and ocean cliffs, some of them will be 100% impossible to solve w/o a body or witness… you must accept that as a possibility… hold your horse please, it often takes time… often many many years (ie Ireland case) aloha

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    Lets all not forget that a beautiful spirit was murdered. Brittany Jane Royal…………….. Someone knows what happened. How about instead of talking rumours and hearsay, what are the facts? What does anyone really know?????? We need justice for Brittany

  • Angie and Ray Says:

    Thank you inquiring minds I agree, it is sad what happened don’t get me wrong, but justice for Brittany and Bo. We still don’t know what has happened to him, At least Brittany’s family has closer. It’s a terrible thing to not know. And you’re right someone does know what happened, my questions are why aren’t they talking? what or who are they afraid of? would it matter if they did talk? and just how corrupt are the police in Puna? These questions may never get answered and while this remains a tragedy at least Brittany will get to be placed at rest, properly surrounded by loved ones. I

  • anon 30 Says:

    Is it possible the couple were swimming and got caught up in debris?

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    No she was strangled. She was murdered and someone knows who

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    Brittany has a tattoo that says “VERITAS” which means TRUTH
    Truth is all people want about what happened to her and to Boaz

  • Tiffany Edwards Hunt Says:

    I understand there was a “full moon party” or a “rave” that took place out on the lava on Memorial Day… True? Who went? Know anything about it? Where on the lava do these parties happen? Email me at newswoman@mac.com if you prefer to not comment here.

  • Jasper Says:

    corner said strangled? by what? handprints? fishing net? belt? vine? rope? kelp?

    staying tuned to the current Puna whodunit,
    one person’s paradise is another’s hell.
    it’s a beautiful day…..again, peace

  • Sara Kaa Says:

    Think I may have found the supposed land to be purchased? Very interesting 10.1 acres of prime Kalapana real estate for 69,000 and its been on the market now 1160 days? Hard to believe no one had bought this land yet I actually think its suspicious. Anyone thinking to do lava tours would be smart to purchase this land heck you could view the flows right from the property not to mention it still has foliage growing sounds like a steal anyone willing to partner up on this killer deal. under 6,900 an acre?


  • rotten in denmark Says:

    from the comments people are making one would think that open air drug dealing,prostitution, theft, lewd behavior,disorderly conduct and poor police response are common in pahoa and puna. oops, my bad, never mind. However, let me point out that if you even think of not putting your seat belt on you are gonna pay one ticket! Law enforcement is all about priorities…..and friends and relatives……and driving one nice car.

  • hugh clark Says:

    What else did the corner say to the square?

  • Enough murders already Says:

    Folks who’d like to help the family search for Answers can donate to the YouCaring-site that’s been set up for the Search for Bo. In just a few days, thanks to many small (and a few rather large) donations from people who are concerned about yet another cold-blooded murder in Puna, the family’s goal has nearly been reached. I’m sure that if enough dialed-in/connected/concerned/generous pople would “share” the site on Facebook and elsewhere, a much LARGER sum could be raised — the excess being set up as a Reward. If no one’s talked YET about what really happened, maybe a sizeable reward would light a fire under their conscience. Here’s the site. It’s easy. http://www.youcaring.com/other/search-for-bo/65207

  • L Says:

    I know Damon even though he think I am one of his “anonymous” he won’t respond to. Believe me, he’s not all brawn. No brawn actually. I can’t speak for the brain part, but I think coming on here where both families are posting during what must be the hardest time in their lives and being somewhat accusatory toward them and taunting them with his supposed inside knowledge, well, kind of speaks for itself.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    @Sarah Kaa,

    Bo was offered an even lower price for the unsellable land.

    $50,000 for the 10 acres. $30,000 if it was in cash. He chose the $50,000. Even so, it is quite a bit cheaper than $69,000. Makes your mind wonder why the land owners would drop an already extremely low price even lower on such prime real-estate.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    If we are talking about the same land, I should have confirmed that.

    Delete that last post, site admin.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    Okay, never mind, I think this is the same land, beautiful land. It is no wonder Bo was purchasing it.

  • Karl Says:

    Prime real estate? It’s been covered by lava twice in the last 20 years and even the bulldozer paths end a quarter mile away, with no ability to create a road access. The photos on the listing are deliberately misleading, because the entire area is covered by lava and while it is “walking distance” to the beach it does not front the ocean.

    Here it is, outlined in white: http://i.imgur.com/rSH6oSQ.jpg

  • anon 30 Says:

    its very likely its an unfortunate swimming accident.

    the police don’t use “strangled”


  • Enough murders already Says:

    …and the gorgeous black-sand palm-fringed beach pictured in the deceptive MLS-listing that’s supposedly within “walking distance” of property no longer exists in quite that form.


    Madame Pele gives and Madame Pele takes.
    Basically it’s all a loan.

    But Pele doesn’t murder.

    Let’s find the Murderer(s?):

  • Enough murders already Says:

    Anon 30? “An autopsy conducted Wednesday (May 29) determined that the female victim died of strangulation and that the manner of death was homicide.”


  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    @ enough murders,

    The HPD website you have listed, and every other website that has a number listed for Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia for anyone with information. I have called this number multiple times,(808) 961-2278. It rings for about a minute and then starts beeping, which must be a sign that the call has been disconnected. There are no voicemail, or callback options. If there have been people out there with important information on his whereabouts that have tried to call?? What the heck? You have 3,4,5,6,7,8 cops following my parents and couldn’t spare one to stay at the desk to answer these potentially important phone calls. Any opinions???

    Police ask that anyone with information on his whereabouts contact Detective Fetuutuunai Amuimuia at 961-2278 —-from the HPD site, http://www.hawaiipolice.com/still-missing-and-wanted-for-questioning-boaz-johnson-06-05-13

  • Karin Says:

    You might like to contact the county police chief directly. At the very least, his office should be able to put you in touch with the detective.
    Chief Harry Kubojiri: (808) 961-2244
    Assistant chief (can’t recall who that is at the moment): (808) 961-2342
    Criminal Investigation Section: (808) 961-2255
    Community Relations: (808) 961-2264

  • Enough murders already Says:

    One more (hopefully helpful!) HPD number:
    Criminal Investigations Section, Area 1
    Lieutenant Gregory Esteban
    (808) 961-2252

    …and then of course there’s Crimestoppers, where one can just leave a (non-Caller-ID) message if one feels the need to remain anonymous – 961-8300 in Hilo and 329-8181 in Kona.

  • Sarah Johnson Says:


    Just wanted to say thanks for the info, but my point was that the phone line given on the site should be manned.

    Again thank you for that.

  • Sara Says:


    Oh yes Karl, prime real estate for a lava hike tour company when using it as a hub for lava hikes. A spot prime enough for realtors and possible buyers to be threatened to the point of backing out.

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    JUSTICE FOR BRITTANY JANE ROYAL. Pleas keep in mind we KNOW she was murdered and her unborn child, and I am sure the family would like answers. Let us all respect her memory and her family. Stating “what if’s” about her and Bo are hurtful to her family, I would imagine. The TRUTH is what is important. Perhaps they are not hooting and hollering due to letting the police do their job. I can’t imagine their grief in all of this.
    If there is any evidence or truth to rumors then take them the HPD.

  • Brittany's Dad Says:

    Fathers: hug your kids a little tighter today, tell them you love them, and never take them for granted. I love you Brit….

  • Jasper Says:

    This is a sad situation, and it keeps repeating. I don’t keep track but it seems like every few months someone goes missing in Puna. Where there are no detectives?
    Yesterday driving down to Kalapana I see a young girl walking along side the road who looked a lot like Brittany with the shorn hair. And I see many walking or hitching alone. I just can’t get over the Dana Ireland case and will pick them up to give them a safe ride, and educate them if they haven’t been here long enough to know there are preditors about.

    Sorry for your loss Brittany’s Dad, hope you find out what happened. Best wishes in your grief.
    I’d be camped on Mitch’s doorstep.

  • anon 30 Says:

    i still think it was an unfortunate

  • Vampire Says:

    Public safety: There is a murderer loose.

    Police have to find the evil doer not for the family, but because if they don’t, there could be a next victim. So a police murder investigation is for everyone. Police need to stop the killer from repeating because if they don’t:

    Who is next?

    Everyone is a suspect until they are ruled out.

    Police have to eliminate every conceivable motive by looking at facts, potential motives, and one by one eliminating them. That is why I mentioned to check DNA of the unborn child. Not to hurt anyone emotionally.

    Even an arrest and conviction will not end the pain of losing a loved one. I don’t think there is really any such thing as closure. The pain is real and forever. Losing a loved one, even peacefully from old age, is something you just have to eventually make peace with somehow over time.

  • Buddah Belly Says:

    The home video captured the murder of Dante, the cops didn’t solve anything… As far as Dana Ireland’s murder I think some folks in the community had been telling the police for quite a few years before anything happened…

    Look at Jaspers list, and you can add Brittany and Bo to that… Look at the front page of the paper a couple days ago, not much faith in our police…

    Sorry, but their are good cops here and there are corrupt cops, and the good ones know we have a right to complain, and the chief should be cleaning house, with the prosecutor’s help.

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    @ Anon 30, please get your facts – Brittany was murdered, strangled. She didn’t drown!

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    To anyone who knows the truth please come forward.

  • Hawaiino Says:

    A few comments on this thread:

    It’s rare to have so many affected parties(the families) contribute in real time….heart rending for the sympathetic public and gripping for the voyeurs, and there seem to be a few.

    Thankfully Damon has been absent after his early and poorly articulated comments. His disservice is not missed.

    There are no “good deals” in real estate below the rift zone.

    It is difficult to make contact with, and especially communicate with, the police.

    The history of crimes like this on the Big Island, and Puna in particular, supports those who stress the necessity of pressuring the Prosecutors office (“Mitch”). While Chief Kubojiri is a different kind of leader than past Chiefs the department does not have the kind of reputation that gives the knowledgable public much confidence. Concerted public pressure has made the difference in murder investigations, and also prosecutions, in the past. And the recent past as well.

    My sympathy to the families as they cope with this tragedy and I certainly hope the young man is found alive for all concerned.

  • yurtOwner Says:

    My first thought was to suspect those dodgy disappearing “fisher folk”; it’s a big, rough shoreline what are the chances that a body would get hooked in just the right spot? Now it seems to me that Boaz was pretty dodgy too. “hydroponics” on a lava field? This was a couple that couldn’t even afford a cheap motorbike. Hallucinogenics aren’t actually very good date rape drugs btw quite the opposite, maybe he was thinking rohypnol…

  • L Says:

    Just my thought, but I don’t think it is right to say “Boaz was pretty dodgy too” unless you know that for a fact. Speculating like this when you know the family is watching could be considered a bit cruel.
    Dreams are free and a very good way to get started on a project in my experience.

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    @ yurtOwner, I would say 1 in a 1000000 that they found Brittanys body. But why or how would they be involved, that doesnt make any sense. And what do date rape drugs have anything to do with this?
    Please explain your thinking?

  • Enough murders already Says:

    Here’s that site again, where one can help if so inclined this Father’s Day:


  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    Well said, L.

    I can?t imagine buying property as a tour base for an attraction that stops for months at a time, or could just stop period, or could be overrun by lava at any time. But young people who have just arrived see what is now — lava hike guiding is a way to make land payments.

    What is with all the debate over whether she drowned or had an accidental death? The police announced over two weeks ago:
    “An autopsy conducted Wednesday determined that Royal had been strangled and her death is a homicide.”

    Read the article if you are still speculating:

    That sounds clear and unambiguous to me.

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    Making this as a second comment to focus only on sympathy for Brittany …

    When I see Brittany?s picture, I see a radiant young woman who practiced yoga and ate healthy — treated her body as a temple. She was gestating her child.

    Someone snuffed out her spirit and her unborn child, and dumped her body in the ocean, doubtless hoping it would disappear forever. If not for some fishing line, there would be no trace for her questioning family to find any closure.

    I did not even know her, and still it makes me so sad and angry that she, and Dana Ireland, and too many other women, past and future, are disposed of like trash — that in this land of such beauty, there is such evil.

    May her family find answers and eventually find a bit of healing. I know the loss will hurt forever.

    I hope Bo is found soon. I wish his family all the best in their painful search.

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    Well said Kathleen, you can tell Brittany was special. Lets not forget that! The media needs to focus on this story more, force the issue of finding out who killed her. Keep the pressure on!
    Justice for Brittany Jane Royal

  • Wybella Says:

    Justice for Brittany Jane Royal! Let’s keep the pressure on the media and police to find Brittany’s killer. Thoughts and prayers to all the affected families.

  • haole central Says:

    should tell family, was illegal for kids to be out there, is evacuation restricted area, no can buy lot or build house there, all those shacks are illegal, and the cops watch them tight! your kid do tour, major illegal, many illegal tours take tourists get hurt, only one large group has state say go. your kids camp illegal, INSIDE RESTRICTED ACCESS try buy condemned lot illegal sale build house like illegal shanties! and no drug use by kids who go to puna! ha!

  • lavadg Says:

    @ haole central, it is not illegal to buy land in this area. You are wrong. I own land in Kalapana What does this have to do with the story? Are you trying to justify a murder?

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    @ haole – F you
    There was a beautiful girl murdered – remember that. If you cant be helpful to this case then keep your F’ing mouth shut. You are ignorant

  • Vampire Says:

    He is just trolling to get a reaction.

    Killing people is wrong, except in self defense when you are in fear of your losing your life.

    None of the reasons cited are justifications. Let’s see you mentioned, race, trespassing over lava somewhere, buying lava somewhere, some county condemned a house or land.

    As a matter of fact if you kill somebody because you don’t like Haole people, add a Federal HATE CRIME charge to murder.

  • L Says:

    Kalapana is NOT restricted or condemned land. Please don’t try to be ignorant. The cops watch them tight????? And they are not “shacks” there as you say. People are building nice houses and trying to bring back a very special community. You obviously have no idea about the Big Island and probably don’t even live here so please go away.

  • concerned Says:

    The similarities to the Dana Ireland case are blatant! Parents need to try Chris Loos or some local press and blow this thing up. Then, the police will find a murderer!

  • Oppo Says:

    This is another unfortunate story but I wouldn’t count on the cops for anything on the Big Island. I’m pretty sure theres only like 7 cops for whole Puna district and it doesn’t surprise me that they’d follow the family… For protection though? I don’t know. I was hit by a drunk driver and the cops didn’t do shit for me but test the sober driver of my vehicle and call it a day. I’m a quadriplegic in a wheelchair now but thanks to the amazing flight nurses and doctors I’m still alive. The fact is Hawaii is not a paradise for everyone. The local people territorial and are overall kind of racist towards white people. We can only hope for the best in this situation. My sincere condolences.

  • L Says:

    Why don’t I ever experience any of this racism you refer to. Just the opposite.

  • Jasper Says:

    It’s not racism it’s stupidism, doesn’t matter the color, nationality or place of origin. Can be born here or born in Iowa and end up here and be as stupid as your life allows.

    I’ve experienced the best and both of all worlds here.
    I’ve had good neighbors and pernicious vindictive liars who move into these spec homes and want to make this just like where ever the F they came from. Mostly Seattle, Portland, Bay Area and LA. The very worst were whites. Lately I’ve seen Pennsylvania plates.
    The very first were the Echts, when she introduced herself she said, “It’s spelled THC and E backwards, our favorite drugs.” Straight out of Compton. Great…

    They were fake Real Estate sellers, piggy backing on ReMax and the one in Pahoa. I haven’t had one local family on the block cause the drama haloe’s do. The two rednecks who moved into another spec house two doors down from them, are semi-professionals, Flight nurse and a fireman, transferred from Seattle. No matter their job, no matter their appearance as clean cut ‘family value’ image, they walked into a courtroom and flat out lied to a judge. But their little house in paradise will collapse like a house of cards in a Kona wind because they began their stay with stink.

    I’ve seen so many pack up and go. Roobbbbb……..

    All kinds of miscreants wash up on these shores so why not a serial killer? Seems to me a whole lot of single girls seem to go ‘missing’. No need for a gun or a knife, one coconut to da head, rape, rob, dead, drop down a hole. MISSING. The Kokonut Killa, could be out there. Or toss em off the cliff, very RARE to recover a body off those shores with those rip currents. But as there are no detectives in Puna how will we ever know? How many girls got to go ‘Missing”?

    How much for a NEW faux police station on the side of the road with no detective? Mayberry RFD had a Sheriff who did criminal investigations. Pahoa don’t even got a Sheriff.

    It ain’t the cover(race/color), it’s the content(intelligence). I find stupid in locals and haoles alike, neither has a corner on that market.
    Serious, the majority of the population ISN’T college educated. They KNOW what they know from TV.

  • Enough murders already Says:

    Big Islanders (and off-islanders) of ALL ethicities have been joining with the grieving families as they hammer the authorities and search for Answers here:


    Every single dollar will help and is appreciated, I’m sure. The sooner the Murderer(s) can be apprehended (and locked away forevermore!), the safer we will ALL be, no?


    To all who are looking for the truth….families, locals, towns people who want their name cleared of this never ending saga of violence….here is what we need to do….


  • Sarah Johnson Says:

    @enough murders already, thanks for your constant posting of the donation site.


  • nobody Says:


    There are many serious murderers on the loose in Puna.


    Can this report be taken seriously? About 3 murders per year? Seems it is more than that just in the past 6 months for sure. Is this an anomaly or the ugly (but unspoken) reality?

  • anon 30 Says:

    I just read today’s post by TEH…
    I still hold that these two kids went swimming …

    rope and floating fishing debris “strangles”

    hands “choke”

    “missing person”

    not “murderer”

  • yurtOwner Says:

    Why don’t you go over to the coroner’s office and discuss it with him, “anon”, I’m sure he will be interested in your opinion.

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    They lived on a cliff, not a beach. Not exactly the place one just goes for a midnight swim. I would imagine that if the coroner determined she was strangled it was murder. Someone knows something – please come forward with REAL information.

  • Kathleen Hancock Says:

    You cannot rationally debate that the coroner?s term of “strangulation” was not meant to describe a deliberate act of a person. The coroner ruled her death a “homicide.” The word homicide tells us exactly what the coroner concluded.

    The coroner didn?t say inconclusive, as in could be an accident. The coroner knows a homicide investigation will be opened based on the finding, so the coroner will be careful not to call homicide if there is doubt.

    People don?t go swimming where the lava pours into the ocean. Only thing entering the ocean there is lava.

    I get that you don?t want to think it was a murder, but you are ignoring the official report in order to deceive yourself. Don?t expect to convince anyone who reads and thinks logically.

    You?re not helping the family by denying that Brittany died due to someone attacking her. They aren?t in denial. And you know they have viewed her body. I?m sure if there were any question it could have been accidental, that they would raise it.

  • rotten in denmark Says:

    anon30, you are either trolling or none too bright. Drowning victims will always have water in lungs, strangulation will not. Strangulation is also detected by changes in optic blood vessels that have no other cause. thats the reason they do autopsy. However, I wouldn’t want you to have to let FACTS interfere with your half baked opinion

  • nobody Says:

    “The person representing the company that has been falsely accused of all these accusations has been cleared by polygraph by the police.”

    Interesting, this comment was made instead of “Nobody involved with the company in any way was involved with this murder.” The comment intends to convey that an investigation has been done, but in fact only “the person representing the company” is mentioned by the 3rd party…

    Amazingly, I’ve read the body is no longer available, if the comments read are correct, that a cremation had been performed? If that is true, shouldn’t whatever police authorized that should be fired and sent to jail?

    If there is anyone with the courage to organize any kind of vigil to show love for the souls who have been killed, we will be there. I’m sorry we don’t have the time or courage to actually organize it. There are many loving people on this island; it’s scary that a small band of mental patients can murder, intimidate, and scare the rest of us into not knowing what to do.

    Hawaii Island isn’t a utopian paradise, it’s part of the real world where there are many crazy people. There’s no escape from that. The question is what we can do, whether we can live even within that context with love or need to buy and carry guns.

  • anon 30 Says:

    “consistent with homicide”

  • anon 30 Says:

    nobody wrote:”…The question is what we can do…”


  • SDM Says:

    The company did the right thing in getting a polygraph as to demolish rumors with viable proof – not fighting back nor pointing fingers, which is more than can be said for many partakers in social media or tv/blog/newspaper media itself. The company – without coward – faced this head on, shameless, and clearly with nothing to hide. Of course nobody from the company was involved with this murder – the polygraph is a proven fact – and that is why the article states in those words (@nobody). The company should not have to be harassed and lose a well-built reputation due to rumors. What we can do is stop spreading rumors, support the families involved, and stand behind the local/federal investigators handling this crime who have the upmost tools, training, and unbiased perspective.

  • Ryan Says:

    The Dana Ireland murder was only solved due to the hiring of private investigators. No matter what a polygraph says I have personally witnessed Lava tour guides from kalapana harassing other guides in the field. It usually goes something like this. You pay the folks at Kalapana ten dollars a head for everyone on your tour for your right to pass without harassment. If not look out. I have watched them try to intimidate and run out other guides while the people that payed go by unmolested. Whether or not they had anything to do with the murders the bullying and intimidation has to stop.

  • Ryan Says:

    I propose using the app on your smartphone that uploads a recording video straight to you tube. Record these guys harassing you. Protect yourself. And make sure you don’t call the Pahoa police, because then you will really be in trouble.

  • SDM Says:

    Response below @Sara: Sara says, “Oh yes Karl, prime real estate for a lava hike tour company when using it as a hub for lava hikes. A spot prime enough for realtors and possible buyers to be threatened to the point of backing out.”

    Hello- I am a caucasian Kalapana land-owner/local who moved here from the mainland and found a true home — just like a member of your family did. The company you speak of already owns the majority of land on the way to the active lava and where the lava flows at this time. They own it because when lava covers one’s home, that owner still owns the property. The company employs family members displaced by the lava flow and is quite successful due to their sincere Aloha so I do not see a motive for wanting more land since they have plenty of it. They also already have many hubs to start tours (of their own and of friends’). Their hub and office is arguably the most visited area in all of Puna and a special place that all kinds of people continuously enjoy.

    The dwellers of Kalapana Gardens dwellers and surrounding areas are indeed allies and I believe that negative comments may stem from competition or jealousy. I and many others have witnessed members of this company performing HEROIC acts at the end of the road and on that lava flow: In fact, there are many lives that WOULD be lost if this company did NOT exist.

    The moment this tragedy occurred, the company – like you all – wanted answers, held their children close, posted condolences and prayers on their facebook for Brittany and Bo’s family, hung signs at their office and offered support in any way.Let’s please investigate all factual angles and truly utilize facts, not push blame.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim(s) and all families involved (Brittany’s, Bo’s, and the tour company’s). @Brittany’s Dad: thank you for that beautiful statement and reminder of what we should do daily — we are all thinking of you, your family, and your daughter.

  • SDM Says:

    @Ryan: Why hasn’t anyone ever legally reported threats? If not to the Pahoa police then to Hilo police or anywhere in Hawaii/the US? Most likely because there were no true threats, there was simply expressions of land ownership and an attempt at property management that was embellished upon. Landowners have the right to protect their land, and absolutely, no one has the right to threaten. Although you have seen what you have seen, I have seen groups of trespassers littering and destroying the land that Hawaiian culture thinks of as godly and where generations of their family lived – and I have seen NO response from the tour company in defense for their land. I have also seen many people who did not pay for tours simply pass with an “Aloha” from the company. I have seen the company take pictures for trespassers at the lava. I have seen the company give flashlights (for free) to those unpaid trespassers who stayed later than planned admiring the lava’s beauty. The company is accustomed to this so generally does not react irrationally and instead shows hospitality.

    The folks in Kalapana absolutely do not charge $10 a head, that is such a silly accusation. Unlike many people in the state of Hawaii, these people have jobs and work hard for their money. If anyone charged random trespassers, they were not associated with that tour group.

    Private investigators or any means, I hope this case gets solved.

  • lisa Says:

    Great suggestion, Ryan. I’ve heard of harassment for years.
    Good time to see the lava with the likelihood of harassment diminished due to present circumstances.
    Since when is a polygraph viable proof?
    Google lie detector / sociopath.

  • Luke Says:

    What needs to stop are trespassers @Ryan. Public is prohibited for safety reasons also. This tragedy may have never happened if they were not unsupervised in the middle of nowhere. Many other deaths could also have been avoided for a simple fee to local business: tourists/locals falling in lava tubes, getting gassed from the plume, falling off the cliff, dehydration, heatstroke, etc. Let’s face it, the natives of the area simply know the safest routes and go prepared as they do it a few times a day and have done it for years. It is a very difficult hike as well as rough country. Even experienced and healthy people are in danger in that ‘badlands.’

  • Ryan Says:

    No one says anything because they don’t want to end up in the ocean too. Their is no fee advertised on paper….but the under the table deal is 10 dollars for every person in your van/car. No one says anything because puna is small and I enjoy walking alone and camping on the red road without looking over my shoulder. No one talks to the cops here because they are corrupt. Every day people walk free on minimal bail for charges like terroristic threatening, rape, and even murder. Everyone here has a story if they have lived here long enough about people getting let off after 6+ DWIs or evidence getting lost or exchanged. This is a small community. I never thought I would say this but…. Bring in the Feds.

  • Ryan Says:

    Maybe Kalapana is not getting that money….they should have a talk with their “Guides”

  • Ryan Says:

    I agree with what lisa says. I have said to all my close friends all week….the only good thing to come out of all of this is that they might stop harassing people our there now that the magnifying glass looms close.

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    While we (the family) appreciate any support to help find Brittany’s killer, it would be nice to stick to facts and not “what ifs.” The only thing that I care about is finding the truth, whatever that may be, as to who took my daughter’s life. Name calling and pointing fingers is unnecessary and hurtful. I agree that ALL leads and possibilities should (and hopefully are) being followed up on. We are blessed to have recovered Brittany’s body and to be able to give her the proper memorial she deserves. Please don’t forget that Brittany was a beautiful, caring, free-spirit who just wanted to start a family on an Island she loved.

    I don’t wish this nightmare on anyone, it’s the worst pain imaginable. Rest assured, we will do whatever it takes for Aequitas (Justice) for our daughter. She left behind 2 brother’s who loved her and miss her deeply.

    I beg anyone with any REAL information to contact me or anyone they feel can help solve this case. I do not want my daughter to be another unsolved mystery.

    When I came to the island after this happened I was surrounded by the “Aloha” spirit and know there are many good, decent and caring people here.

    Thank you for your continued efforts to help find her killer and bring them to justice.


  • Jayce Lang Says:

    this is for @ nobody and everybody

    i would agree with it being amazing the body is no longer available. it just would seem a little too soon for cremation to take place. what if there were new leads or reasons to take a second look at the body, especially because it is still an on going investigation. anyone else have thoughts on that?

  • Brittany's Dad Says:

    For those who wonder about cremation, that usually happens right after the autopsy. We waited over a week after that as they had their reasons and we the family knew why. Once they were 100% sure they wouldn’t need the body she was released. Again, as is said in many other comments over the blogs, we need fact instead of speculation. Stick to what we know. And that isn’t much even for the families who have direct contact with the head PD and lead prosecutors office on an ongoing basis. They are doing their jobs, hunting down leads, getting the needed approvals for various actions they need to process to find the killer(s). So guessing, speculation, what if’s are only good for the entertainment of those not directly involved. Keep that in mind as you all weigh in…

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  • Daisy Says:

    I am a 24 year old single white woman living on the Red Road and this case has touched me to my core.

    To Brittany’s family my heart aches for you, I did not know her but see in her a kindred beautiful bright soul.
    I too fell in love with this island and am into yoga & meditation & homesteading and my heart is beyond broken that someone could take Brittany’s precious beautiful life.

    One of the reasons I fell in love with the Big Island is because I felt safe here, but after this & some other stories I am seriously contemplating moving back to the mainland, yet at the same time there are sick people everywhere who do sick things and I know that everywhere has its problems, but this whole case has made me feel a whole lot less safe here and I pray every day they find Bo and get some answers….yet my intuition tells me it was not Bo who took Brittany’s life and I think that is what scares me the most.

    I did not move to the Big Island full time until December and the first time I came to the island in 2010 I walked out to the lava with some friends from a hostel I was staying at and was unaware that you had to pay to hike out there.

    I had an erie feeling halfway into the hike but ignored it as soon as I was absolutely captivated and in awe of the incredible scene of nature and Madame Pele’s magnificent creation happening before my eyes.

    I was standing there in awe quitely and peacefully in awe of the beauty and magic of this world and incredible island when 3 local men approached us drunk and start screaming at us to get the fuck off their land and many more threats & racist profanaties were yelled at us. Al 3 of them had their hands in their pockets and said they had guns and were not afraid to use them if we did not get the fuck out right now and they followed us the entire way back to uncle roberts.

    It is one of the most horrible memories of my life I was shaking with fear and had never felt such a threat on my life and have not gone back to the lava since then.

    The saddest thing is that we were quiet completely respectful souls admiring nature causing no harm and the men that threatened us were throwing beer cans on the lava and yelling and screaming at us the entire time.

    The owner of the hostel told us to report it to the police but we never did because we knew they would not do anything….

    This has been my only bad incident the 3 times I have been on the island and since living here in December I have had nothing but wonderful interactions with the locals but I still feel Puna’s dark side and am questioning whether or not I want to make this my forever home.

    My love and condolences go out to Brittany and Bo’s family and may the answers to this horrible tragedy come quickly and clearly!

    Blessings to all.

  • Brittany's Dad Says:

    Thank you Daisy for sharing. We went there immediately after finding out about Brittany. We saw first hand the beauty that you speak of. But there is a danger element there that can not be taken lightly. Be safe. Again thank you for your caring. We the family of Brittany really do appreciate it. We met some very kind local folk while we were on the red road so for them we say thank you for your caring…you know who you are..

  • Kelly Says:

    Violence sucks.
    It shatters families and communities.
    The violence of the illegal U.S. occupation of Hawaii has shattered families and communities here.
    US citizens continue to arrive, ‘to live the dream’ afforded by the privilege that the occupying violence extends to them.
    When otherwise wholesome american people forget the violence of occupation, they contribute to that violence.
    There is no excuse for the violence against Brittany.
    There is no excuse for the ongoing violent occupation and colonization of Hawaii by U.S. and other foreigners.

  • Kelly Says:

    there is no excuse.

  • Lanakila Says:

    This evening’s news on KITV reported that an Inn or Hostel in Pahoa said that a man looking like Boaz checked in on June 4th and had left a couple back packs and empty water bottles after he checked out. I went to the KITV website to find the video, but they don’t have the full report, only part of what was on this evening’s news. If you, the family of Boaz have no knowledge of this, you may want to contact the KITV Newsroom: (808) 536-9979.

  • smart_cookie Says:

    The plot thickens. The tour guide competition theory is very flawed. Bo was TRYING to start a lava touring business he did not HAVE a lava touring business worthy of being called COMPETITION.

  • nobody Says:

    The amazing thing is how many people are attempting to give the impression that Boaz survived. The guy is dead and long gone, either in the sharks or in molten lava. What are you trying to cover up, Lanakila and “smart” cookie?

  • smart_cookie Says:

    Im not covering up anything. I dont even know any of these people but why assume he is dead? wouldn’t his blood be at the campsite? wouldn’t his tissues be all over the lava like hers were? The only person who knows what happened is that poor girl who died. we are both wrong you and I. well I assume you are or do you know he is for sure dead? and if you are so sure how do you know what you know?

  • nobody Says:

    There is no clear or semi-clear motive for the boy to kill the girl, and no motive for him to leave his ID at the crime scene if he had done so. On the other hand, there was a motive for other people both to commit the violence (it was reported that they and previous other potential buyer of the land both said they were threatened), and, once one or two of the kids were dead, to leave the ID there – OR bring the ID back there later and place it there, after the girl’s body was unexpectedly found. It’s not clear why the police appeared to have fallen for this trap – “Police said as a result, they want to question Boaz D. Johnson about the matter.” http://bigislandnow.com/2013/05/30/22-year-old-visitor-from-alaska-reported-missing/ Maybe they were bluffing, but use common sense, smart_cookie, your questions are very strange, they could easily have taken the boy somewhere else to do what they did, they could have found lava and thrown him right into it alive. why do you ask about his blood at the campsite? whose blood was where?

  • Inquiring minds want to know Says:

    @ smart cookie – I hear what you are saying. When looking at the police reports they only mention drag marks and hair consistent with her. Why wouldn’t there be traces of another person being killed? What I don’t get is why she would be dragged and him not. She was a bit smaller than he. I guess if someone killed them both, they could have set it up to look like he killed her, leaving his belongings to be found; maybe to make it look like a suicide?

    They lived on such a remote part of the lava, away from everyone else……………whoever killed her (and possibly him) must have known them or had contact with them at some point. It doesn’t appear to be a random act of violence.

    And what about a 2nd tent? Who’s is that?

    More questions then answers.

  • smart_cookie Says:

    @nobody Strange questions how? Tribune herald said it was her blood and tissue found in the lava. Whatever motive he may have had with her is simply between him and her im sure no one knows all the private details of their lives but only which they choose to show. Im not even saying he is the killer however isn’t it common when people are missing that the ID is left behind? what about a person who wants others to think they are missing? The best way to hide things at time are in plain view.They hiked with other that night right?? who are those people? are they being questioned? and why would anyone think a non-established lava tour business as a threat?? it isnt even competition. And why would anyone kill over a possible purchase?? these people selling things that isnt even theirs to sell but thats a matter settled in courts with Kuliana lands and crown lands ect..not something that leads to murder. Im with the mom..who is that second tent where the evidence was found? Every murder has a calling card. The unfortunate part is the big island has no forensics lab they fly in from Oahu..we have so many unsolved murders here its quite sad :/

  • Brittanys MOM Says:

    @ smart cookie………………where did you hear that they hiked with others that night? I have never heard that, but that doesn’t mean anything. I hadn’t talked to my daughter since the week before. I have heard something about others camping with them up to the night of the murder but I have not been able to get anyone to cooperate this.

  • smart_cookie Says:

    His sister Ruth has commented on several places that they were with others who could/would not pay for tours. I assumed she was speaking about that evening.

  • Brittany's Dad Says:

    I think our best chances are to see what the forensic data tells us. We know that it is sent to various mainland locations depending on what is needed to be done with the evidence in question. We were told in some cases it can take up to 4-6 months to get results. Phone records don’t take very long. As this case drags on new leads come in, new evidence is found, more information is sent off….unless we get someone locally who hears someone talking, or Bo is found I think we are in for a long haul..

  • Brittany Royal Murder Case Haunted By Anonymous Letter And Posters | InfoCnxn.com Says:

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  • don't scare tourist Says:

    30 family members live there as per web. Is DNA off the rope only in movies…oh no lets not scare tourist. Either they did it or were helping them bsck to the maiinland by spreading word about cash purchase. Slso did bo have that money or did it not go thru.y won’t u answer thst

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