Don Bryant, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Ring Found Ko Olina Resort

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

I received a call from Clay and Lora on a Wednesday afternoon. They told me they just got married 72 hours ago and just arrived at the Marriott Ko Olina Resort. After getting settled in, they decided to go for a swim in the lagoon. After about 15 minutes in the water, Clay’s ring came off his finger.
I made arrangements to meet them around 5:00 pm and searched until about 8:00 pm and no ring, so we determined that they may have been swimming at low tide, and the tide was high at the time. Lora was so upset that every time I found something in my scoop, she would start to cry, or it looked that way. There was no way I was giving up, so I came back Saturday morning at low tide, and my friend Joe that’s also a ring finder was there looking for a ring for his client and walked up and said, is this the ring you’re looking for. Apparently, Joe’s friend was helping him that day and found it in deep water.
So after about 4 hours of driving and 3 hours hunting, we had the ring back on Clay’s finger.
Thanks to Joe’s friend, we had a little time to kill, so we headed off to the bar for a few Pina Coladas and Mai Tais.
It was an absolute pleasure meeting and helping Clay and Lora find the ring.

Lost Ring Found at Kailua Beach

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

I received a call from Scott Saturday morning asking if I rent metal detectors. I told him not anymore because it only takes a few minutes to find a ring if you know where you dropped it and it could take you a while to figure out how to use the type of metal detectors that I use, so he decided to meet me at Kailua Beach, and in a few minutes the ring was back on his finger.
Another happy customer!

Lost Ring Found In Manoa Valley

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

I received a call from Mike, who’s recently retired from his roofing company and handed over his business to his son and now has plenty of time hunting for old bottles in the Manoa valley. Many wealthy people lived in the valley, and their trash dumps held a lot of very collectible bottles.
Mike asked me if I could help him and a few friends locate where the old trash dumps might be using a metal detector. I said, sure, I’ll give it a try.
After about 3 or 4 hours, Cali came up to me and said I lost my ring last week while working on my farm about a 30-minute hike in the dense jungle. I said, what the hell are we doing looking for bottles when we could be looking for gold.
After tromping through a rough jungle, we came upon the spot where he lost his ring, and sure enough, it was right where he said it might be.
Another happy customer!

Lost Ring Found Waikiki Beach

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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!

Lost Ring Found At Turtle Bay Resort

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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!

Lost rings found at Turtle Bay Resort Northshore

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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!

Lost Ring Waikiki……Found!

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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.

Lost Men’s Platinum Wedding Ring at Sand Bar, Kaneohe…..Found!

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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!

Lost Men’s wedding band at Lanikai Beach….Found!

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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!

Lost Wedding and Engagement Ring…Found at Turtle Bay Resort

  • from Waikīkī (Hawaii, United States)

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.