Brent & Sylvie Madison, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Ring Recovered at Popular Snorkeling Reef on Hawaii’s Big Island

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“One Step, Two Step…Gone…”

Scott and Sue are visiting from the mainland and called to say Scott had lost his ring at Two Step, the popular snorkelling and diving spot in Captain Cook. It gets its name from literally two steps going off the lava flow into a bay with a beautiful reef and almost daily, dolphins swimming as they rest from the night’s hunt.
Two-Step is also full of coral and large rocks – and is actually quite a large place – so a lost ring could have fallen in one of a million holes never to be seen again.

Detectors aren’t great at finding rings over coral – first of all, the coil can bang into and damage corals so one has to be very careful when detecting around them, greatly slowing a search. Secondly, it’s hard for a metal detector to find objects over about 16 inches deep and most of the natural holes and spaces in coral goes deeper than that.
Scott and Sue arrived early in the morning and told me that the ring was lost two days earlier. Thankfully, he’d gone down the first step, down the second step and then dove in the water. As he turned to swim back to help his wife, the ring went flying. He and his friends had then spent the next three hours looking for it to no avail.
I geared up with a scuba tank and slipped into the water. The fresh water seeping out of the rocks made it hard to actually see – almost like looking through a clear kaleidoscope at times. Big rocks and piles of broken shell are immediately around the entrance area and I looked in about 8 feet of water – peering into crevasses and crannies, detecting the tiny pukas (holes) made by sea urchins, and the big rocks that had piled up from the recent, large surf. Glimmering from under one rock pile was a large, gold men’s ring hiding among the stones.

Scott helped me out and they couldn’t believe I’d found it having had searched so long in the same place. Scott had the ring for 38 years and said he was going to buy a silicone ring and put this one in a safety deposit box!
Glad to have helped out!

If you’re on the Big Island of Hawaii and have lost something valuable – call us immediatelyat (808) 430 5660!


Platinum ring lost, found and returned from roadside! Big Island, Hawaii.

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“Paved Platinum”
It was a long drive out to Kawaihae for me this morning from Kona – but it a much longer time for Ethan who had lost his ring after running out of gas a week ago.
Having returned to his car with gas, he managed to spill it all over his hands and shook them. When he did, his platinum ring flew off his finger to who-knows-where! It was instantly lost.
He’d gone back to the area numerous times and scoured the area with his hands in the dirt and grass, used a rake to hopefully bring it up and even gone at night with a flashlight in case he could see a glint off his platinum ring. No luck.
When he called me, he was doubtful I’d find it – even doubtful it had been lost there. “I’m 90% sure this is the spot I lost it…” he’d said.
I looked across the road and imagined it rolling to the other side. Trucks and traffic flew by.
Ethan had to go back to work at a local restaurant so I got out my Minelab Excalibur II and started immediately looking. Lots of trash at roadside – even in remote areas – nails, bottle caps, pull tabs, aluminum cans and …. then a platinum ring! It was so well ‘hidden’ under the dirt that even when it was in my hand and I was waving it over the detector coil, I couldn’t see it. I emptied the handful of dirt in my hand on a spot without grass or trash and poked through the sand and stones. There it was – lost no more!
I drove over to Ethan’s work and walked in with his ring in hand! A good day’s work – and a small stretch of roadside cleaned of trash!
(A friendly patron also filmed the return for me. Click the link below – it will download the 13 mb file, then Enjoy!)

Detector rental finds missing machine piece for local water bottling company! Big Island Hawaii.

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“Thinking Outside the Box”

We got a funny call for help the other day.
A water bottling company lost a nozzle used to fill their water bottles in one of their cases of water. It fell off the machine after a daily cleaning.
Not only was the stainless steel nozzle in one of the cases, it had certainly fallen INSIDE one of the water bottles which were now packaged and ready for delivery.
1680 CASES of water were being loaded onto the truck for international delivery when an engineer realized the piece had gone for a ride inside one of the bottles…
“Would our detector be able to the find a quarter-sized piece of stainless steel inside a water bottle?” was the first question we got on our call at 5pm.
An engineer did the 2 hour drive over the volcanos from Hilo to us here in Kona with a sample box of water containing a replicated ‘lost nozzle’ hidden in one of the bottles.
We switched on the detector and ran the detector’s coil over the box – a small blip – running over the side was a louder blip – then passing it under the box made a definitive BEEP! Made sense as the piece would have been sitting on the bottom of the bottle…
The engineer’s team as waiting for him – it would be a late night – so he raced back over the mountain and the employees started taking boxes off the 24 palettes – a total of 1680 cases of water, each holding 12 large water bottles. Phew! A clever employee rigged the detector’s coil so boxes of unopened water could be put atop the now upside-down coil.
After 10 palettes (700 cases) of passing boxes of water bottles on and off the detector – a definitive BEEP! Ripping the case open, sure enough, the missing piece of the machine was FOUND!
Great detective work – a real case of thinking outside the box to solve a problem – and glad we could have been of help with our humble metal detector!

Here’s a photo of some employees celebrating with the Garrett Sea Hunter after finding the missing piece with our metal detecting rental service!!!

Double Ring Recovery Day on Hawaii’s Big Island.

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Super Fast Double Ring Recoveries!
Super happy to have been able to help out Elena from California – and then an hour later – Dave from Montana to recover their rings!
Elena saw her ring fall off in the water. As it does, the sand swallowed her large gold ring seconds after it slipped off her finger in the water. Thankfully she’d had the sense to make a mental note of where she was – and since wave/water conditions are good right now, I was able to pull it out of the sand and water and return it to her in less than 30 minutes!

Elena from Los Angeles has her lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Fairmont Hotel Beach, Hawaii

Elena from Los Angeles has her lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Fairmont Hotel Beach, Hawaii


Separately but not far away, Dave had been walking down a beach path with a buddy when he noticed his wedding ring tightening around a swelling finger. He pulled the ring off his finger and as he did so, it slipped and fell into the coral rocks and sand. Dave’s buddy said he’d seen it fly off onto the right side of the trail. Human memory is a funny thing so we often look in a broader search pattern than where people swear something is! I looked on the left, opposite side of the trail, and within a few minutes heard the familiar sound of gold in my detector’s headphones!

Dave from Montana had his lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Hilton Hotel and Marriott Hotel, Waikaloa Beach, Hawaii

Dave from Montana had his lost ring found and returned by Brent with Big Island Metal Detectors. Hilton Hotel and Marriott Hotel, Waikaloa Beach, Hawaii


The ring was hiding just under the dust and sand – and would never have been visible without a metal detector at work!
Glad to have found your rings – and happy to have returned them!

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Giant Gold Class Ring Found & Returned from Water at King Kamehameha Beach, Hawaii.

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I got a call about a lost class ring from a visiting teacher to Kona.

James – from Texas – had wanted to rent a detector from us, a service which we do provide.

As an instructor, his biggest challenge was that his classroom was a floating one – teaching on the big ship currently out in Kailua Bay – and he was stuck on the boat giving lectures then watch-shift. He could see the beach but not physically get to it!
Could we look for it on his behalf? Of course! That’s what we’re good at!

James described how he’d lost his ring – he been rough-housing with some of the students and was tackled in the water while at King Kamehameha Beach – he’d seen the ring fly off and sink to the bottom. Stamping his foot on it to mark the spot, he was confident that he’d could reach down through the water to pick it out of the sand, but then he was instantly tackled again – all hope of finding it was gone.

I went out with my detector and got in the water after a large number of paddlers finished beaching their large canoes. I watched as the sand churned under their feet and hoped the ring wasn’t getting deeper and deeper in the sand…!

I hadn’t gotten a good description of James’ ring, so wasn’t sure what type of tone I’d get as my Minelab Excalibur detector gives a variety of sounds based on the metal content (i.e. gold, platinum, tungsten, etc…) of a ring.

I picked up a few coins, some trash and then – bang! – my headphones gave off the sound of a massive gold object! I almost jumped as the sound was so loud it scared me! 

I scooped up the sand with my long-handled scoop – nothing – but there was definitely something down there! Another scoop and a bright yellow golden object flashed in the basket as the sand drained away! 

There it was in all its glory – a beautiful and massive golden class ring that was no longer lost! With the Texas A&M coat of arms on top, it must have weighed a quarter of an ounce!


We had to wait a day for James to come to shore – but he was thrilled to have his class ring returned. We laughed together about sheer size of this ring – and the fact that my ears were still ringing from when I found it! 

I’ll be sure to turn down the volume next time I look for another ring from Texas!

Recovered small key saves church big funds, Big Island, Hawaii

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We got a desperate call from a woman whose church group had helped organize a concert here on the Big Island – and one of the church’s parishioners had lent his car to the concert’s head performer.
The performer had a few hours to kill before his first concert so went to one of our local beaches. As he went back to get ready for his first performance, he suddenly realized his key – and the only key to the car – had been lost in the sand.
He looked for the lost key and finally had to ask to be picked up or miss the concert!
Some of the church members went to the beach the next morning to search for the key with rakes, carefully combing the sand in the area the musician had been.
After three hours they looked online and we got the call – and went immediately to the beach to join them in the hunt.
The site where the key was lost was quite small and had been scoured with rake marks. I searched the area for about 15 minutes with my Excalibur II metal detector, finding wire, fishing weights – and then hit a big target in the sand.
The car key materialized in my scoop as the sand strained out of it.
A key is such a small thing, but finding it saved the congregation from having to hire a tow truck to come to this remote spot and re-key the ignition.
We were happy to help – and remembered that sometimes the most valuable things are often what seem of least value – until they’re not!

Lost Ring Found in Shallow Water of Mauna Kea Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii

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A happy Kyle reunited with his wedding ring – found and returned at Mauna Kea Resort and Spa, Big Island, Hawaii, by Big Island Metal Detecting

“Memories are Not Always Deep”  
BIMD was so happy to have helped Kyle and Nicole find Kyle’s lost wedding ring.
I went out to the Mauna Kea Hotel look for Kyle’s lost titanium wedding ring in the shallow, small bay in front of the hotel.
Kyle had taken off his ring and applied sunscreen, then instead of putting back on his finger, tied the ring onto a piece of cord in his swimming trunk’s cargo pocket.
As he waded into waist-deep water, he suddenly realized he’d left his iPhone in his pocket and rushed back towards the shore pulling his phone out to get it out of the saltwater.
It must have been around there that the ring was also lost having come undone from the string, he surmised.
When I arrived Kyle, Nicole and their friends were entrenched on a group of beach chairs near the water. Kyle went into the water to show me the general area in the bay where he’d pulled out his iPhone.
I searched the waist deep water for about an hour or more. Dusk was approaching and the winds had picked up. One of Kyle’s friends came out and pointed to a different area, still waist deep, where he thought Kyle had been.
Kyle had been searching the bay with his mask and snorkel as I’d hunted with the detector. As he left to dry off, I followed him out of the water and again asked about the direction he’d taken as he’d exited the water with his wet iPhone in hand.
Standing in about 2 inches of water, he pointed from where I’d been up to the chairs where his friends and Nicole were. As he headed up the beach I turned back towards the water and – bang – there was a signal blasting through the headphones that had hardly sounded a blip in the past hour-and-a-half. “Wait!” I called after him – and dug, dug and dug until I had the target in my scoop.
Eight inches down thru the sand, just in two inches of water, came out Kyle’s ring!
The ring must have come loose – as thought – when he’d reached in his pocket to save his mobile phone – and hadn’t gone spilling out in the water after all – but had come out as he’d run up and out of the water.
Happy to have recovered Kyle and Nicole’s lost treasure in ankle deep water – even though their memories were ‘deeper’.

A happy couple reunited with their lost wedding band in the water off of Mauna Kea Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii. Call us at Big Island Metal Detecting – 808 430 5660 -if you lost your ring!

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My wife and I were on our honeymoon on the Big Island in early 2017. We were having an amazing time until we stopped at a beach in Hilo. After a few minutes of swimming near turtles I realized I had lost my wedding ring. I was in a state of shock. The gold ring was a family heirloom. My mother had given my father the ring when they married over 40 years ago. I couldn’t believe it was now lost in the ocean just three months after my wedding. For over an hour I attempted to find it but I eventually gave up. I had lost hope. But that’s when I found out my wife had a plan. When I got out of the water she was already on the phone with Brent at Big Island Metal Detecting. I was sure the ring was lost for good, but Brent convinced us he could help find it. Since it was so late in the day we agreed to meet at the beach early the next morning. Brent drove across the island from Kona to meet us at 6:30 a.m. By 7 a.m. the ring was back on my finger! Brent was able to locate the ring even though it was buried in sand in water over six feet deep. Brent turned the lowest moment of our honeymoon into a story we will never forget. We then all celebrated with an early breakfast in town. We had found the ring and made a new friend. Thank you so much Brent. – Mike from Brooklyn

Ring found and returned at Carlsmith State Park near Hilo, Hawaii by Big Island Metal Detecting

Ring Found and Returned at Carlsmith State Park, Hilo, Big Island Hawaii

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I was so happy to have helped Mike and Michelle from New York to find their special – but recently lost – wedding ring!
The ring had been Mike’s father’s, given to him from his late mother, and its importance to them as irreplaceable was understood.
I left Kona at 4:50am to race over to Hilo for sunrise, the only time they could meet.
Mike had lost his gold wedding band in chest deep water near Hilo at Carlsmith Beach Park, a protected, tiny bay with a thin line of rocks protecting it from the open ocean.
Cold, clear water pours from the mountains and out of the rocks into many of the Big Island beaches – and today the fresh water was especially strong due to recent, heavy rains near Hilo.
I descended a set of metal stairs into the water and almost immediately started shivering – the fresh water was super cold – and the difference between salinity and temperature killed all visibility under water.
I started hunting back and forth using the Minelab Excalibur metal detector in the fresh-salt water along the route Mike had been swimming before noticing the ring was missing. After 20 minutes, no luck…
Where exactly had he been when he notice his ring was gone? I asked.
Right about here – he’d replied – signaling near where I had just searched.
I looked around the rocks and sand where he’d indicated for about 30 seconds and BANG! I scooped the sand and we both dove down to try and see if it were in the scoop.

Ring found and returned at Carlsmith State Park near Hilo, Hawaii by Big Island Metal Detecting

Too blurry…! But I could hear metal jingling in the metal basket. I pulled the scoop out of the water and saw a flash of gold.
Mike reached in and held it up his found wedding ring for his wife to see.

As we got out of the water shivering, dawn broke and the sun shone down on us through the clouds.
It was a little beam of light for us all.