On December 2, 2014, I was called to the Marriott Ocean Club in Kaanapali to find a woman’s diamond wedding ring that was lost in the sand on Kaanapali Beach while the family was taking family pictures. Upon arrival I noticed that the tide was coming in and the surf was reaching the area that the woman reported the ring had been lost. It only took about five minutes to locate the ring which was now in wet sand. I suspect with the pounding surf that it would not have been long before the ring would have been pulled out to sea.
On December 1, 2014, I received a call from Brenda, a frantic tourist from Alaska stating that she had lost her deceased Dad’s wedding ring in the sand at Kamaole Beach Park 1 better known as Kam 1 which in Kihei on the island of Maui. Brenda’s father had worn the wedding ring for many years and had passed away two years ago at which time the ring was passed down to Brenda. Brenda related that she had been wearing the ring every day since her dad’s passing.
While watching the sunset on the beach the ring slipped off of Brenda’s finger and fell into the sand. Brenda and her husband frantically tried to find the ring and even attempted to throw one of her other costume rings into the sand to see what would happen when a ring landed in the sand. Brenda and her husband were now unable to locate either ring in the sand. Brenda found me with a google search and was simply frantic that I could not arrive until after dark due to the drive across the island. I arrived just after dark but was able to locate both rings within about five minutes. Brenda and her husband had apparently moved a lot of sand looking for her dad’s ring as I found the costume ring in about two inches of sand but her Dad’s ring was buried in about eight to nine inches of sand. Obviously Brenda was ecstatic about the ring being found. Brenda’s husband put it best, “Happy Wife, Happy Life”.
On November 14th, 2014 I received a call from a gentleman that stated he had lost his wedding ring at the surf spot Break Wall in Lahaina while he and his wife were learning to surf. Break Wall is a very popular surf training spot on Maui and experience has shown me that sharing the water with beginning surfers can be challenging.
The couple was leaving Maui at the time for a trip to another island and would not be returning to Maui until the following night. I agreed to meet the couple at Break Wall early Sunday morning, November 16th in an attempt to locate the ring before the area was packed with beginning surfers.
The search area that was pointed out to me was about a third the size of a football field as the husband was not exactly sure where he had lost the ring. After being in the water for two days, the ring was found within about 30 minutes in about chest deep water.
Last week I was called to the Andaz Resort here on Maui where a school teacher from Israel on her honeymoon had lost her wedding ring in the ocean. The woman was terribly upset as the ring had belonged to her husband’s deceased mother. The couple was not exactly sure where the ring had been lost but had a general idea. I found the ring in about 18 inches of water and as you will see in the attached video, my client is very happy.
While vacationing on Maui a client lost a wedding ring in the ocean that she had worn since the day she had bthe was married 27 years ago. She has lost the ring in water she described as over her head and she just assumed the ring was gone. The woman was heartbroken and was referrer to me. husband and I to discuss attempting to find my ring. After explaining to Mac the area that I had lost the ring he asked us to wait and within a few minutes he reappeared on the beach in scuba gear and carrying a metal detector. As Mr. McMinn walked off into the water I thought to myself, what are the chances of him finding the ring. Within about twenty minutes Mr. McMinn surfaced, walked ashore and with a smile on his face and handed me my ring back. Mac, thank you so much for finding my ring.
I am a scuba diver and will search for client’s property down to at least 60 feet under the water. About three weeks ago I was metal detecting on the west side of Maui and was about 20 feet below the surface working the bottom looking for a client’s ring when all of a sudden I felt something gently hit my left shoulder. As I looked to my left I saw something bouncing off my shoulder and reached out and caught it and as it turns out, it was a GoPro. A few seconds later I felt a tap on my shoulder and to my surprise there was a female snorkeler above me motioning me to the surface. I was actually impressed that she had free dove down the 20 feet to tap me on the shoulder. Please keep in mind when I metal detect under water in beach walk situations I generally don’t where flippers and I also carry about 35 pounds of weights on me to keep me on the bottom and steady. When working like this I walk in and out of the water and don’t generally attempt to surface as with all the weight and no flippers it is difficult to maintain yourself on the surface.Anyway, I put just a little air in my BC and slowly went to the surface and as my head cleared the surface the woman was there stating that she had lost her GoPro and asked if I would look for it. I felt myself sliding under the water and without even removing my regulator or speaking a word to her I just held out the GoPro and as she took it I slipped under the water. Metal Detecting underwater is hazardous so “don’t try this at home”.
About four months ago while metal detecting under the water (using scuba gear) at Hamoa Beach, near Hana on the Island of Maui I had searched hard for over an hour and had not found a darn thing, which is very usual for me. The water was rough and it was simply difficult conditions to search in. Running low on air as I was getting out of the water when I was approached by a woman that told me her husband had just lost his eye glasses in the surf. I suspected his glasses had ended up in the trashline, the area where a wave that has came ashore and is retreating hits the next wave coming in. The two waves impacting each other creates an almost continually churn in a circular motion where debris, goggles, flippers and junk often end up. I could not look long due to my air running low but I went back in. I was in about three feet of water looking in the trash line and was not having any luck. The water had gotten a rough, I was getting tossed around quite a bit and then this darn piece of paper kept floating in front of my dive mask and blocking my view. I swatted the paper out of my view several times while looking for the glasses but the paper just kept coming back so I finally grabbed it. Running low on air I walked out of the water and told the woman that I was sorry but that I simply could not find her husband’s glasses. The woman offered to pay me for looking and told her that she did not owe me anything. Still having the paper in my hand I walked to a trash receptacle and as I looked down to thrown the piece of paper away I noticed it was a $100 bill. The moral, good deeds result in good karma.
On May 31, 2014 I received a frantic call from a woman who stated that she had lost her solitaire engagement ring on the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii which is on the Island of Maui. Lahaina is on the opposite side of Maui for where I live so it took me about an hour to get to Airport Beach. The woman had called me twice while I was on my way to insure I was still coming.
The story of how the ring was lost was that she had taken off the ring and put it in her beach bag earlier in the day but that at some point her husband had removed his wallet from the beach bag and that is when she suspected the ring had fallen out of the bag. Of course as luck would have it, the couple had been to two different beaches that day and had been laying out at two different spots on each beach and they had no idea where the ring had been lost.
Upon arriving the woman was frantic as there was only about an hour of daylight left and we had two spots to search on the first beach and a twenty ten minute drive to the second beach. My first search area was about a forty by sixty foot area and as I always do now, I informed the couple not to get excited if they see me scooping for something as there are tons of pull tabs, coins and bottle caps to shift through. Yes when I first started doing this it never dawned on me to give that warning and a female customer almost tackled me in excitement over a pull tab so now I warn.
I was about ten minutes into my grid search and after finding a couple of coins and a pull tab or two, I received a strong signal. I dug a scoop and to my surprise came up with a solitaire diamond ring and a diamond wedding band in my scoop. As I was taking the rings out of my scoop the woman came running toward me but all I could think at the time was that I had found someone else’s wedding set as there were two rings, not just the one solitaire as she had described. As she got close to me I had to tell her that I did not think this was her ring as it was a wedding set. Her response was, “They are mine, I’m pregnant, my husband was yelling at me and I just forgot to tell you there were two rings”. In the end she showed me a picture to prove the rings were hers.
Believe it or not, this is the second time I have had a woman tell me I was looking for only one ring when in fact there was a set missing. The moral of the story, I will never forget in the future to ask how man rings I am looking for no matter what the customer says.
On June 21, 2014 while at Baldwin Beach on the North Shore of Maui I was metal detecting in search of a cell phone lost in the sand. Due to recent high surf action the beach had been cut away and there was a good six foot drop off from the upper flat beach to the surf. As I was searching along the edge of the bank for the phone I noticed a woman lying in the surf below me staring at me. At some point the woman stood up and walked up to me said “can you please help me”. Here is the rest of the story:
The woman proceeded to tell me that about four months prior she had buried a ring her boyfriend had given her in the tree line above the adjacent beach and she was wondering if I could help her find it. I agreed to help and as we walked to the tree line about 250 yards from where we had met my heart just sank as I listened to her story. She stated at the time she buried the ring she was nine months pregnant with her prior boyfriend’s baby and her emotions were running so high that she simply felt she did not deserve the ring form her current boyfriend so she buried it under a tree.
She stated two days later she delivered a healthy baby boy and that after having the baby things calmed down in her life and even though she and her boyfriend eventually parted ways, they remain close friends to this day. She related that she had still often wondered about the ring and stated prior to seeing me metal detecting she had been lying in the surf racking her brain as to how she could find the ring and then it was as if I had appeared above her.
Once we reached the tree line she pointed to a stand of trees that she thought she had buried the ring under. As I looked at this huge stand of trees I thought, “well this could take a while”. In any event I put on my headphones and went to the first tree and with my first swipe of the coil I received a good signal. To my surprise on my very first scoop I retrieved the ring she had buried. What a great day.