Sweet 17 Ring Recovered at Waimanalo Beach

  • from Honolulu (Hawaii, United States)

I got a text on mid-day Sunday from a lady named Martha.  She explained that on Friday the family was at the beach having a picnic and celebrating her 17 years old daughter’s birthday.  The main birthday gift her daughter received was a Hawaiian style gold ring.  While playing volleyball the gold ring flew off her finger and landed some where on the beach.  They had searched the rest of Friday evening and Saturday as well but came up with nothing.  Martha then let me know that she had texted several metal detectorists but had not heard back from any of them.  I was the first to respond and I told her I would grab my gear and be at the beach in twenty minutes.  It was a beautiful beach day, the sun shining bright and not a cloud in the sky.  It was also hot!  Africa hot!  but that kind of weather on a weekend in Hawaii means the beaches were going to be crowded which can complicate things.  Upon arriving the first challenge is finding parking and that took a few minutes and a distant walk to the part of the beach where the ring was lost.  They explained where the ring was thought to be lost which delineated an area of 30 yards of beach.  OK, I’ve searched bigger so I got to work scanning in a grid pattern from the water line to the back of the beach.  About ten minutes in a did get a hit, dug it up, and scored a tiny silver ring.  A nice find but not what I was looking for.  I continued to scan in that grid pattern and was quickly running out of beach that the family thought was the area that the ring was lost.  I got another strong signal but in an area on my detector which suggested was a bottle cap.  This is a ring search and on those we dig up everything.  One quick scoop and bingo! there bouncing in the scoop was a beautiful Hawaiian style gold ring.  Her 17 year-old daughter was all smiled getting her birthday present back on her finger.  But the adventure wasn’t over just yet.  Two more young ladies who had watched the activities asked if I could find a ring a family member had lost the day before.  Same beach but a different area.  They would have her come out the next day and show me the area.  No good deed….

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