I received a call from Jair Villanueva from LA he needed help finding his ring and a piece of metal but didn’t ask any questions about what the metal was.
I agreed to meet him at the Hilton Hawaiian village and after about 10 minutes I was surprised to see a large gold coin in my scoop it turned out to be a really old Spanish gold coin that looked like it came off an old Spanish Galleon ship.
A few minutes later I was able to find his wedding band all in about chests deep water.
Another really happy customer!
Another happy customer
Received a call from Vytas on vacation from California he called me around 4:30 pm so I rushed down to Turtle Bay Resort before the sun went down.
I literally put the coil on the sand and took 3 swipes and found the ring I think it took me about 10 seconds.
Another happy customer!
Nichol and Keith were visiting Oahu with their two beautiful children from LA area for their 10th Anniversary. Though staying at the Grand Islander at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki they set out to explore the North Shore and spent a day with family on the relaxing bay in front of Roy’s Beach House restaurant and bar at Turtle Bay resort. Soon after applying sunscreen, Nichol noticed she was no longer wearing her stunning engagement and wedding rings. Nichol called Don Bryant with Ring Finders around 5:30 PM. Don, and his girlfriend, Lee set out asap from Kaneohe for Turtle Bay. Arriving around 6:30 Don searched for an hour, looking in all the areas Nichol could remember sitting and walking. The sun went down….Don continued to look using his headlamp. Despair had set in….Keith was ready to call it a night and get the kids back to Waikiki. Undeterred, Don continued to search after they left, certain the rings could be found. Finally needing a break, Don headed to the restroom and Lee offered to keep searching. Nichol was pretty certain she had removed her rings while applying the sunscreen and Lee wanted to search near the umbrella post more thoroughly. The post was cemented into the beach sand and contained metal which had thrown off the signals. Drawing the sand away from the base of the post, and scanning the piles, Lee got a reading that indicated platinum. She scooped up both rings! Don got on the phone, called Nichol, and Keith turned the car around and headed back to claim those glistening rings of commitment. What a way to remember a 10th anniversary. Persistence wins!
A young couple vacationing in Hawaii called me to help them find her lost wedding ring. They had enjoyed the day on Kaimana Beach and weren’t sure when it had slipped off her hand. I had to ask a few people to let me scan the area around and under their chairs and towels. After about 10-15 minutes of searching, I found the ring! Boy was she happy and lots of clapping from the surrounding beach goers who were all pulling for me to find her ring. She was in tears and very grateful.
Clint Dodson was enjoying a Father/Daughter day at the Sand Bar in Kaneohe Bay. Clint was throwing around a football having a great time when his wedding band he had worn for 16 years sailed off with the next throw. He thought it was lost forever. Sarah, who worked for Clint, looked up Ring Finders and gave me a call. I met the boat at the docks and went out to the sandbar to metal detect. Luckily Clint had used his iPhone to tag the exact GPS location. However it was late in the day, the kids were cold and everyone wanted to head home. I gave the area two passes but turned up nothing. I took a visual location and returned the next day, kayaking with my sweetheart who helps me metal detect to the sandbar. It took 3.5 hours, but I found it. While standing knee deep in the water, I sent the above picture to Clint and asked ‘Is this your ring?’ He replied ” Holy crap! yes that’s my ring”. We made it back home a few hours later and Clint came over to pick up the ring. He could not believe he had his ring back. So happy!
Chad and Stephanie Harpel were here in Hawaii visiting from Alaska with their two boys and enjoying a day at Lanikai Beach. Chad lost his wedding band in the surf and called me the next day. It was a long shot since 24 hours had passed and sand and waves can move the ring or others may have already metal detected the area. I encouraged Chad to give it a shot though Stephanie did not hold out much hope. They were leaving early the next morning and it was now or never. They headed back over to Lanikai to show me where they had been swimming. I had just finished finding wedding rings at Turtle Bay and rushed to Lanikai as the light was fading. Another friend, Jake was already in the water searching and together we found the ring in the dark. Boy was Chad happy!
Got a call from Brian Moore, Sunday afternoon, asking if I can come help find his wife’s wedding band and engagement ring. She had removed her rings to put on sunscreen and lost them in the sand. Brian had sifted through the sand trying to find the rings but could not find them. They were devastated. Mrs. Moore had designed the diamond setting and the band was her grandmothers, irreplaceable! About 15 minutes of metal detecting produced the band and in another 2 minutes I found the engagement ring. She was in tears and Brian breathed a sigh of relief. The vacation atmosphere was saved! The two had been married here a few years earlier. It would have been a tragedy to lose those symbols of their love.
Determination is how I describe the recovery of this Wedding Ring…I was talking to my friend Joe about a difficult dive I had the following week, Hale’iwa Beach Park apparently is a popular fishing destination and had accumulated thousands of led fishing weights over the years, After about 2 hours of scuba diving with my metal detector I had to give the bad news to Paige, I let her know that with all the fishing tackle stuck in the coral it seems impossible to recover your ring, my detector doesn’t discriminate led.
After telling Joe the story he suggested we go back and clear out the led and clean up the coral reef, I thought to myself this will be a big task but the idea of cleaning up the environment a little sounds like a good plan, so after about 6 hours of diving for me and 4 hours for Joe we felt a little better about our chance of finally finding this ring, on my 3 weekend of diving in this spot I received the low sound of gold in my headphones, the ring was stuck in a small hole in the coral and you couldn’t see it or find it without a metal detector.
Altogether Joe and I found 4 rings,removed about 20 pound of led… a few fisherman were sure happy to get the free fishing tackle and Paige after 3 weeks she finally got her wedding ring back on her finger.
Mahalo to Joe for all the help and determination!
Another Great Recovery.
I went out for a dive with a friend Joe who is also a ring finder and we managed to find two rings that day in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The next day I received a call from Joe he told me that he was checking Craigslist’s lost & found and there was a post about a week earlier. Lost Man’s Wedding Ring in Waikiki. On April 2 I lost my wedding ring in the Waikiki Beach area please keep an eye out and contact me if you do find one…Thank You Matt.
Waikiki Beach is a large beach with many resort’s the chance of this being Matt’s ring was a long shot and I thought to myself this would be amazing if this was his. I contacted Matt and told him that I found a ring on Waikiki beach at the Hilton in about 4 feet of water he told me that’s where I lost my ring I asked Matt to give me the description of the engraving on the inside of the ring and I’ll see if it’s a match. I told Matt that we have a match! I think at first Matt thought this was some kind of Craigslist scam. He asked if I could send him a picture so I sent the picture and he confirmed it was a match. It was about midnight where Matt lives in Pennsylvania when I first responded to his post on craigslist apparently he had already returned home from his vacation and I’m sure he thought he would never see his wedding ring again but as luck would have it the ring is back on his finger.
Thanks to Joe for spotting the Craigslist posting and a little luck for finding Matt’s ring.
Saturday, the North Shore of Oahu was going to be hit by a large swell. Consequently, on Friday afternoon, when I received the call from Chase and Karolina asking me if I could help them find a lost wedding ring, in the water near Turtle Bay Resort, I knew I would be up for a challenging search. I arrived at the search area at 7 am on Saturday morning, and after a brief hike we made it to an uninhabited beach full of Honus (Hawaiian Sea Turtles) basking in the sun. The empty beach was in a cove, so it was protected from the large swell. Quickly, I got in the water, and after 30 minutes in chest deep water, I heard a strong signal, and there in the bottom of the sand scoop, was that shiny band of gold…what a great way to start the day recovering Chase’s wedding band, and discovering a secluded beach on an island with a population of over 1 million. Another sweet morning in beautiful Hawaii Nei.