Lost Platinum & Diamond Engagement Ring at Ko Olina Aulani Disney Resort...FOUND!!!

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After a morning hunt I returned to my truck at Hilton Hawaiian Village and there was a voicemail waiting for me. My wife Wendy called and said I had a ring find and she had a number for me to return a call. I called Chris from Makakilo, Hawaii who told me his wife Michelle lost her engagement ring in the sand at Aulani Disney Resort. She had taken her rings off and set them on a towel on her lap to apply suntan lotion. When she finished and stood up the rings fell out of the towel. One landed on her lounge chair the other was no where to be found. Chris & Michelle carefully combed the sand most of the rest of the day and Chris came back the next morning still with no luck finding the ring. Then he searched YELP and that’s how he found me. He asked if I rent metal detectors and I said no I do the search myself. Unless you have experience using a metal detector in Hawaii I don’t recommend renting. Too many variables. Use a ring finder expert. Chris agreed and we decided to meet at the Disney resort after Chris & Michelle ate breakfast. I met Chris in the public parking lot and we walked down to the beach where the ring was lost. Fortunately the tourists occupying the seats Chris & Michelle had used the day prior were so accommodating and moved so we could get the metal lounge chairs out of the search area. Chris demonstrated how Michelle lost the rings. The Wedding Band landed on the lounge chair but the Engagement ring disappeared. Since the rings were together on the towel I looked immediately in the sand below where the other ring landed. No such luck. Next I started a grid search in the 10 by 15 foot grid. Surprisingly there were five targets 3 cents, a dime and a piece of foil but no ring. I decided to expand the search down slope and that’s when I got a faint but excellent tone. Two scoops down and there was Michelle’s gorgeous solitaire diamond Platinum ring. It was tiny no wonder the tone was faint. It was about 10 feet from where the other ring landed. Either during their search or the initial fling threw the ring down slope. Not always as we imagine. Chris and I met Michelle in the parking lot he hadn’t told her I found the ring. She thought she was going to meet the detectorist. When Michelle arrived after an initial greeting Chris couldn’t hold back he held up Michelle’s ring to her pleasant surprise. She gave him and I a warm hug and a sigh of relief was obvious. Nice way to end my Saturday. Aloha to Michelle & Chris!

One Reply to “Lost Platinum & Diamond Engagement Ring at Ko Olina Aulani Disney Resort…FOUND!!!”

  1. Jim Wren says:

    Another great story and recovery Joe!!

    Jim Wren
    TRF N. Myrtle Beach, SC

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