Lost 2.1 Carat Solitaire Diamond Yellow Gold Ring at Kailua Beach...FOUND!!!

  • from O‘ahu (Hawaii, United States)


This ring find began when I got a text from Krisgel which read “I lost my engagement ring on Friday. I dropped it near the shore of Kailua Beach. I really hope you can help me find it”. I immediately called but there was no answer or voicemail option. The area code was for Dallas, Texas so I knew they must be tourists. I tried a few minutes later and thankfully Stephen, Krisgel’s husband answered and confirmed the ring was still lost and they didn’t tell anyone else. I told Stephen I was heading home and would grab my gear and asked if we could meet at Kailua Beach. He agreed and off we went. Kailua Beach was packed when I arrived and after three laps through the parking lot I left to see if I could find street parking which is a major headache in Kailua and they are cracking down. To my amazement as I turned around a car was loading in front of me so I pulled over and waited. They were quick so I parked and called Stephen. He had to be dropped off because they couldn’t find parking either.
We met at the Kayak Rentals and he took me down to where the ring was lost. As you can see in the picture the conditions weren’t ideal to say the least and I was thinking I might have to return the next morning at the low tide. I entered the water to test the surf and surge and I was able to keep my position so I started a search. First I walked out to chest deep water to see what the bottom was like and it was solid sand. The ring was lost two days prior so I’m thinking it could be anywhere by now. I decided to search the shore break first to see if it got washed up. Only found a child’s small beach shovel and thankfully the beach was fairly sterile otherwise. I moved out to the deepest area Krisgel was and did a search parallel to the shore. First target a pull tab, then a nickel, then another pull tab. I was able to stay on grid so I continued on. Then on the second grid the Nox screamed a 12-13 and on the second scoop I saw the monster rock diamond in the scoop. I barely saw the ring! I yelled toward Stephen ” I think I got it!” By now Krisgel joined us after parking and we all met on the shoreline. They reached into the scoop and exclaimed, ” I can’t believe you found it.” Krisgel immediately put the stunning ring back on her finger and kept saying “Thank you so much!” We had a few hugs and handshakes and then parted ways. Vacation saved! Aloha to Krisgel & Stephen!

3 Replies to “Lost 2.1 Carat Solitaire Diamond Yellow Gold Ring at Kailua Beach…FOUND!!!”

  1. Stephen says:

    Joe’s post, shared his side perfectly. Here’s our side. While kayaking at Kailua Bay, my wife was swimming ashore while bringing in the kayaks, the ring slipped off her finger and fell into the water. We were roughly 15ft from land so the water was turbulent enough to keep the sand suspended covering the entire bottom making it impossible to find the ring. We searched for hours with help from our friends and, a kind lady and her young son. But no luck, the ring was lost. I thought to myself “Perhaps some person in the future will be able to find it.” We left discouraged and heartbroken. I assured my wife we would get it replaced somehow. Two days after, our close friends, Camille and Andrew, who were traveling with us recommended we look for someone who could find it. They pointed us to Ring Finders. There we found Joe. We were hopeful but realized that asking someone to find a ring that was buried somewhere in turbulent waves and sand was a tough ask. We met up with Joe at the beach. He asked me to point him to where the general area was and we marked it in the sand. He then told me to hold his phone and sunglasses as he waded out into the water like a total boss. Within 15 minutes, and to our absolute astonishment, Joe found the ring. We will never forget this. Thank you Joe!

  2. James says:

    Friday, June 11, 2021:

    Stephen was giving a few friends and I the play-by-play for this emotional rollercoaster of a Honeymoon/Minimoon in Hawaii.

    I personally thought all hope was lost when the ring vanished into the depths of the ocean — talk about a bad day… I mean I thought I was having a bad day when I forgot to ask for no whip cream on my mocha frappuccino.

    Saturday, June 12, 2021:

    Silence.

    Sunday, June 13, 2021:

    Stephen reports the ring has been found by Joe. Truly still amazed at this.

    Didn’t know such a thing as Ring Finders even existed before all this.

    At this time I would try to make a Lord of the Rings reference, but sadly I have not watched that movie.

  3. Steven says:

    Joe is the man!!!

    He has done what few men cannot and returned the one ring back to Frodo (Krisgel)! He is Boromir of Gondor. The fellowship can continue on as they trek towards Mount Doom (their official wedding day).

    Thanks Joe. From a loving friend of Stephen and Krisgel, we are so grateful for you.

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