Joe Au-Franz, Author at The Ring Finders

Lost Platinum & Diamonds Ring at Waikiki Beach…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began when I received a call from Cherie who was on vacation from San Francisco and staying in Waikiki. Her boyfriend had just bought her earlier that day a Platinum and Diamonds Ring. While sitting on the beach, a sudden movement of her hand and the ring fell into the sand and disappeared. With her friends, the four of them combed the sand with no luck. Cherie’s friend Frank agreed to meet me at the Waikiki Police Station so he could show me where they were on the beach. It was dark already. When I arrived Cherie drew a box in the sand where she thought the ring would be and I started my hunt. After ten seconds I got my first target a loud “7” on the Nox. One scoop and after sifting all the sand the tiny Platinum & Diamonds Ring was lying in the bottom of the scoop. I reached in and retrieved the ring and handed it to Cherie. I heard a sigh of relief from all her friends and sincere “Thank you so much” from Cherie. Some pics and hugs followed and Cherie can enjoy the rest of her vacation. Off to Maui tomorrow. Aloha to Cherie and her friends!

Lost Gold & Diamonds Engagement Ring at Royal-Moana Beach Waikiki…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began when my fellow ring finder Don referred me to Pratibha from Reading, Pennsylvania. While enjoying a Monday morning at Royal-Moana Beach in Waikiki Pratibha took her ring off and put it in her purse so she could go for a swim. She told me her purse fell down into the sand and her husband unaware the ring was inside cleaned off the purse. They went back to their hotel room and then realized that the ring was missing. She placed a police report and informed the shop owner nearby where they rented a chair from. Fearing the amount of time that went by and how much that beach gets detected I told her the odds would be slim that the ring would still be there. I agreed to meet Pratibha at the Waikiki Police Station during my lunch break and do a quick search to see if we would be blessed. When I arrived the beach was packed with tourists but I did the best I could hunting around them and many were so nice to move their chairs and help. I found six pull tabs and a nickel that made me think we just might find the ring. Then one gentlemen in an area we needed to search refused to move and was just a knucklehead about it. Thankfully the lady next to him said here let me move my stuff and let you search here. Right where she removed her slippers from I got a loud #13 on the Nox and in one scoop there was Pratibha’s beautiful ring in my scoop. I showed the ring to her husband as he was helping me on the beach and he shouted, “Oh my gosh that’s the Ring!” It was getting hot and I was much relieved that we got blessed and the knucklehead didn’t have to be bothered. Vacation saved. Much Aloha to Pratibha and her Family!

Lost Stunning 7 Carat Diamond and White Gold Ring at Nai’a Lagoon…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began while I was driving home from work when Brandon from California said his Mom, Miriam, just lost her ring on the Nai’a Lagoon Beach and they couldn’t find it. He wasn’t sure if it was in the dry sand or the water but he assured me they knew the exact areas I would need to look. I told Brandon I’d grab my gear and come down to search but rush hour traffic was just starting and it could take a hour. I told him to have everyone just relax on the beach and if the ring was there I would find it. When I arrived I headed down to the beach and was greeted by Miriam’s wonderful family. I gathered some details. Miriam explained she was playing with her grandchildren in the sand and the water but wasn’t sure exactly when the ring came off. We moved the beach chairs out of the search grid and I fired up the Nox. I immediately found a nickel and a cent. Then on the fourth leg of the grid I got a nice #7 on the Nox and amazingly it took two scoops to reach the target. When I looked in the scoop I could not believe my eyes…that was the biggest Diamond I had ever seen. I showed Miriam and she screamed with joy. The whole family was rejoicing and that was certainly a moment I will never forget. I Love this Hobby! Much Aloha to Miriam and her beautiful family!

Lost Gold & Diamond Bronx Community College Ring at Ko Olina Resort…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


I was on my last few minutes of a Monday 8 November morning hunt with only a Silver “ALOHA” ring and trash when this Bronx Beast jumped in my scoop. 16.5g of 14k. Mr. Castillo I’ll gladly return your ring just tell me your first name and middle initial, I posted on my Facebook Metal Detecting Oahu page.
Update!!!
This Oahu Island just got infinitely smaller. While at dinner last night I told my daughter, “You should see the chunky gold ring I found at Ko Olina this morning.” “As she was looking at the ring I said, “It probably belongs to a tourist from Bronx NY” I told her it had the name Jorge S Castillo engraved inside. She looked at me in disbelief and said, “Dad that guy works in my shop at the Shipyard.” I’m like, “No way!” Sure, enough she texts a few friends at work and they confirm his name spelling. Unfortunately, he’s on vacation. So, we are planning a surprise reunion of the ring back to the rightful owner. I’ll post a pic when that happens. How cool is that! Also thanks for all the advice Equinox 600 – 800 group.
Update 2!!!
11/20/2021 Jorge got his ring back today after returning from vacation. My daughter Asti and Jorge took a pic together! Much Aloha!

Lost White Gold & Diamonds Engagement Ring at Surfrider Beach Waikiki…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began just as I was sitting down for a late dinner. I looked at my phone and realized I just missed a call so I dialed back and got Sara and Mark from Rochester New York who were at Waikiki on their honeymoon. My fellow ring finder Don referred me to them as I live so close to Waikiki. Before going on a swim Sara placed her Wedding & Engagement rings in a safe zip pouch on her beach bag. When she returned and went to put her rings on they both fell into the sand. She was able to immediately retrieve the Wedding Ring but the Engagement Ring disappeared into the soft sand. She hunted frantically for a few moments and then realized it was hopeless. She handed the phone over to her husband Mark and we worked out the logistics for the hunt. I woofed down my food and grabbed my Detecting Gear for Waikiki. I learned well on how to eat fast after serving in the Navy. I parked at the Zoo and started walking down to the Surfrider. When I got to the Police Station I called Sara and told her where I was she said wait there and in no time flat she was yelling my name from behind the Police Station. She walked me down to the beach where Mark was guarding the spot where the ring fell. We moved a few things out of the way and I fired up the Nox and barely moved it a foot when I got a nice tone and in one scoop there was a gorgeous white gold diamond encrusted ring in my scoop. I said to Sara this can’t be your ring I found it too fast. She looked at me in amazement as I took it off my pinky and handed it to her. That’s it she screamed. I think everyone in Waikiki knew I found the ring. We had a few laughs and hugs and they asked if that was my quickest find? I said, No, once I turned on my detector and the ring was under the coil. This was the second fastest for sure. Aloha to Sara & Mark!

Lost Gold Wedding Band at Hale Koa Beach Waikiki…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began when I got a text from Terry that said he lost his Gold Wedding band in waist deep water yesterday at Hale Koa hotel, while on vacation from Colorado Springs. I had just returned from a relaxing low tide mark hunt through Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Hale Koa Hotel beaches. I found a 14K Gold Band but it was on the Hilton side. I told Terry I’d grab my gear again and meet him on the boardwalk near Hale Koa Beach. When I arrived Terry introduced me to his lovely wife Mary and we proceeded down to the shoreline so they could show me the area to hunt. Mary was sure the hunt should start somewhat more to the left and I did start there. As those of you that know me, my gig is the ladies are much better at remembering locations. Good thing too because on only the third leg of the grid search after finding two pull tabs I got a loud 12/13 on the Nox and in one scoop there was Terry’s Gold Ring in the scoop. I will always listen to both but weigh heavily on the woman’s guidance! I can’t even remember when the last time the “Man” was correct! Terry & Mary were very grateful and several people on the beach came down to get my number. One gentleman said he was going to send me some honey from his bee farm! What a gracious offer and such wonderful people this morning on the beach. I found out Terry served in the Air Force so, “Thank You for your service Sir.” Aloha to Mary & Terry

Lost White Gold Wedding Band at Aulani Resort Lagoon…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began when I got a call from Joe who was on his Honeymoon at the Aulani Resort and coming from Chicago, Illinois. While enjoying the cool waters of the lagoon with his lovely bride Angela his White Gold Wedding Band slipped off and disappeared into the soft sand. They tried searching but it’s hopeless the sand is so soft every ring disappears at Aulani. Tony from the Beach Crew got word and told Joe to give me a call. The day was young, the surf and tide was low and Joe & Angela were leaving the next morning so I told Joe I’d grab my gear and head over to the resort. When I arrived Joe had already drawn marks in the sand for my grid search so I was able to start immediately. On about the fifth leg and in waist deep water I got a nice “15-16” tone on the Nox and in one scoop there was Joe’s White Gold Band shining in the scoop. I motioned to Joe & Angela on the beach chairs and they ran down to meet me on the shoreline. Perfect Fit! Honeymoon saved. We shared a few laughs and Mahalos and I made it home in time for dinner. Aloha to Joe & Angela

Lost White Gold Wedding Band at Aulani Resort Lagoon…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began when I got a call from Tim who was vacationing at the Aulani Resort coming from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While swimming in the lagoon as he was treading water in about 6-7 foot depth he felt his white gold wedding band slip off. Him and another friend immediately got some snorkel gear to hunt but it was useless. The soft lagoon sand consumed the ring. The beach team gave him my number and I agreed to come out after eating my lunch and packing my scuba gear. When I arrived Tim and his friend explained to me the circumstances to the loss but had different ideas as to the depth. I said how about I start at 7 feet and work deeper. They thought that would work. After about an hour without finding the ring and only two pieces of metal trash. I had a hunch it might be shallower. Sure enough on the fourth leg working shallower I got a boom on the Excalibur and after two fans there was Tim’s white gold band shimmering in the afternoon sunlight. I was relieved as that was nearly two hours dive hunting. Tim was out of the dog house with his wife and so thankful I came right out to recover his ring. Aloha to Tim!

Lost Platinum Wedding Band at Four Seasons Beach Ko Olina…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began Sunday morning when I got a call from Rick who resides in Honolulu. While enjoying the day at Four Seasons Resort, at some point during the day his Platinum Wedding band went missing. He googled “Metal detecting a ring” and found “The Ring Finders” and fellow ring finder Don Bryant. Don referred Rick to me as the detectorist for Ko Olina Resort. Rick said he had been throwing a football in shallow water and snorkeling along the rocks and out to the deeper water buoys. Surf was up on the West shore so I told Rick I’d do a hunt when the surf subsided as the water gets horrible visibility where I needed to search. This morning was that day and I started in the shore sand on the extreme North side of the beach where Rick was throwing the football and had his lounge chair. No luck there! I decided to search the shallow waters before donning my scuba gear for the deep water hunt. This time of year the side shallows become pea green with algae growth and I wasn’t able to see the bottom in two feet of water. I was hoping I wouldn’t have to dive because the pea green soup was throughout the search area. Low and behold as I was coming towards shore on the third leg of my grid search I got a booming 17 on the Nox in thigh deep water and in one scoop there was a PT950 ring in my scoop. Thank you Lord! No dive required. I texted a pic to Rick and he confirmed it was his. We arranged to meet at my home after work for the return. Rick was very grateful and most happy to have the ring back on his finger. Aloha to Rick!

Lost Platinum Wedding Band at Aulani Resort Ko Olina…FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began Thursday when I got an email from Makenna at Ko Olina Operations. Her email asked if I could reach out to a Aulani guest named Joseph from San Dimas, California who just lost his Platinum Wedding Band in five feet of water while floating. I called the number she left me and Joseph gave me more details to the search area and he was sure it was in five feet of water near to the paddle board buoys. Five feet depth is difficult to detect walking so I told Joseph I would hunt Friday morning at low tide in scuba gear with my Excalibur. The lagoon was calm when I started the scuba grid search and after about an hour and a fully expanded grid I didn’t find the ring. When I surfaced and was standing in chest deep water a young lady in the water asked if I was looking for “The Ring”? I said “Yes” but I’ve searched the entire area with no luck. Then she says the guy Joe that lost the ring yesterday was only in waist deep water. She was sure of it as they were helping them look for the ring. Okay, I’ll go get my Nox and hunt the shallow waters. Sure enough on the second leg of my grid search in waist deep water I got a booming “13” on the Nox and in one scoop there was Joe’s Platinum Band in my scoop. The young lady was gone so I wasn’t able to thank her but I immediately called Joe to tell him the good news. Joe had already changed hotels to Waikiki so as you can see he just swung by my house this afternoon with his lovely wife and I returned his ring. Aloha to Joe!