It started as a normal day. I headed to the beach for some metal detecting and relaxation. That day I chose Waikiki Beach and left before dawn. I hadn’t been on the sand more than 10 minutes when Adam, a surfing instructor, came up to me and asked “do you know how to use a metal detector?”. I was taken aback a bit but answered that “I’ve been doing this for a number of years. He then began to explain he had lost his ring in the late afternoon the day before. He knew the aprox. location in the dry sand he had lost his ring and after some experimentation with a borrowed metal detector he gave up realizing he had no idea how to use it. That explained his first question to me about if I knew how to use my metal detector. I headed to the area he indicated. The area was small but full of a lot of trash and iron. It took a good 20 minutes to sort out all the targets but knowing that the ring was tungsten carbide I knew it would be a lower sounding contact. Finally I locked on to the sound I wanted, which was outside the area indicated as where it was lost. Only plausible explanation was as it was a high traffic area the ring had been kicked outside the area we were originally searching. Adam was overjoyed to get his wedding band back where it belongs.
Normally a client calls the ring finder and the ring finder goes out and looks for the item in question. This recovery began with finding a ring first, then identifying the owner and doing the research so that we can return the item. Early one morning I was relaxing at the beach enjoying the quiet (teachers are not on vacation for the summer, they are in recovery), when I came across a ring in the sand. The ring was clearly a class ring from one of the local high schools. Examining the ring closer inside the band was clearly written in cursive lettering the owners full name. This has happened to me before, owner’s name plus school the ring is from plus year of graduation makes finding the individual almost a done deal. But school had just let the week before and I was having difficulty contacting someone to help me locate this owner. Social media is a wonderful tool, and as I mentioned earlier, I am a teacher, and I have resources within my own school. I went to my school and when I mentioned the problem contacting the owner the ladies in my administrative offices when to work. Using their contact lists in social media they texted their friends who texted friends who knew friends who were directly connected to the owner. OK, it’s all a bit confusing but long story short were able to get a text message to the owner that the ring had been found along with my contact information. The next day I get a phone call from the student saying thank you for finding her ring. However, there was a twist. She was on a trip to the mainland and would be gone for another week. Well she’s back on the island and we met up earlier and she’s been reunited with her class ring! A happy ending for everyone concerned.
It began early Sunday morning with a referral phone call from another of the Ring Finders here on Oahu. He had received multiple calls for lost items and could not possibly make them all in the same day. He asked if I would take the call for a lost ring at Lanikai Beach on the east side of Oahu. I was more than happy to and immediately called the client, Stewart, for the details to recover his lost wedding band. Stewart explained that he had been tossing a football back and forth with his son on the shoreline. Something felt wrong and he looked down at his left hand and immediately noticed that his wedding band was missing. Yikes! As soon as he had the opportunity to he did a bit of research and looked up TheRingFinders.com and gave us a call. Not knowing exactly where the ring went missing he knew about where within 30 yards or so.
I met Stewart on the beach about noon in the general area where he and his family had been relaxing and playing the day before. Stewart placed me in the center of the general area of where he thought he had lost the ring ranging from knee deep water to the damp sand. Being forever the gambler I asked him if he wanted me to start to the right or to begin my search. Stewart said lets go left, so I faced left, turned on the metal detector and tuned it for the sand conditions and started swing the coil. Almost immediately I hear a solid BEEP! looking as the screen it says a solid target about 3 inches deep in the sand. So I inserted the scoop gently into the wet sand and pulled it out. Looking in the scoop I saw a gold colored circle and immediately asked: “Is this your ring?” Stewart looked in the scoop smiled and said “You Found It!”. He immediately took the ring and put it back in its rightful place on his left hand. Any further visit to the beach the ring will be on a leash. Although the search was a short one it was great that the missing ring was found and back where it belongs. Aloha Stewart!
Like any day this ring save it started with a phone call. Janine called to let me know that she had lost her wedding band at Hanauma Bay on the south east side of the island of Oahu. Hanauma Bay is an access controlled State Park beach and closes in the early evening. It doesn’t re-open until the following morning. We made a plan to meet at the entrance to the park the next morning when it opened for business.
Janine was visiting from the mid-west and came to Hawaii to visit with family and enjoy the sites. She knew the aprox. area they were sitting on the beach and it was extremely helpful in limiting the search area. I was using a Minelab Equinox 800 which is an excellent machine for searching the sands of any beach. I disconnected my headsets from the metal detector she she could hear what the detector was picking up. I told her what sound I was listening for and being that it was a recently lost item it would be a shallow and strong signal. 15 minutes into the search all we had was a handful of aluminum pieces and one penny. Then it happened, a solid and repeatable mid-tone signal. The reading on the screen said two inches. I gently slipped in the sand scoop and gave it a shake and there lying in the bottom of the scoop was a white gold with a black diamond wedding band. Janine almost burst into tears, her ring was back where it belonged, on her hand.