This ring find started Thursday 18 August when I was checking my email. A ring find request came in asking me to call before 11PM. When I called Stacy from Tuscaloosa, Alabama answered and told me her daughter Anna had lost her three Gold & Diamonds Wedding rings on the beach in the sand. Anna had taken her rings off and placed them in the pocket of her back pack for safe keeping. Later that evening she pulled a shirt out of her back pack and when she went for the rings they were gone. She assumed they must have fallen out when she got the shirt. They looked for about an hour but the wind was blowing so hard they were getting pelted by the sand and it hurt. They decided to try the next morning. Stacy started google searching for a Metal Detector Rental and stumbled across the ring finders. Seeing that I was ex-Navy that’s when she sent the email. I told Stacy I would meet them as early as possible Friday morning before the wind started picking up again. We met at the McDonald’s on base and Stacy & Anna took me to the beach where the rings were lost. I had Anna demonstrate how she lost the rings and I drew a box grid in the sand. Surprisingly the area was sterile of metal but there was all kinds of plastic trash. As I was getting to the extreme edge of the grid I got an excellent tone. Because of the diamonds I used my pin-pointer and amazingly the ring was 6 inches deep already from the blowing sand. That was ring #1 but not the solitaire diamond. About 4 feet away I got another nice tone. This was the solitaire also 6 inches deep. Then slightly to the left another nice tone. That was it the 3rd and final ring. My first Trifecta and 3 for 3. Anna & Stacy were so happy & excited and actually surprised it only took 10 minutes. A few warm hugs and thank yous and I could tell a weight had been lifted off Anna’s shoulders. If ever in Alabama I’ve been invited to go relic hunting. Stacy has a White’s detector and has found a Confederate States sword buckle during one of her hunts. If I’m ever there count me in! Aloha to Anna & Stacy!
This ring find started Friday 5 August when I got a broken phone call from Steven from Anchorage, Alaska. While enjoying the evening at Honu Lagoon Steven took his Gold Wedding Band off and tucked it into a pocket of his lounge chair. At the end of the day as he was going to wash off he realized that when he picked up his chair on the beach his ring must have fallen out because it wasn’t in the pocket when he got to his car. He spent time looking in the parking lot, the shower area and all points in between. It occurred to him that the ring was probably in the sand but where? He traced his path back to where he was sitting but no luck there either. He mentioned his loss to the Aloha Security Patrol and they told him to get a hold of Joe the resort detectorist. “He finds everything” they said. The call from Steven was very static and broken. I was able to get the ring type, lagoon area and that he would be back the next day. I went back the next day but Steven never showed up so I started a search without him. I found a lot of change and a few pull tabs but no ring. I decided I’d call Steven and see what happened. Maybe the ring was found. I couldn’t reach Steven at all neither text nor call. I decided to give it another try this morning and after extending my grid search out two more lines it paid off. About 30 feet down from the shower there was Stevens Gold Wedding Band two scoops down. I did notice the sand sifter truck’s tracks so it was possible the sifter moved the ring out of the area. In any case I texted Steven that I found his ring. No response! While eating my lunch at work I tried calling him again and this time before I hung up a call was being returned to me. It was Steven. He informed me the original phone we were talking on got destroyed in the water and he just picked up his new phone with the other number being forwarded. That was a relief on my mind and his. Steven couldn’t believe I found the ring and since he works on Pearl Harbor Base as I do we met at my workplace. Photo above. With a handshake Steven gratefully thanked me and a smile from ear to ear said it all. Aloha to Steven.
How fitting that my 50th ring find service is to a fellow US Navy Limited Duty Officer such as I retired in 2003. This started with a phone call from Todd who was looking to buy an inexpensive metal detector. I asked him if he lost something and just needed someone to metal detect for it. He told me his 4 year old daughter took his wife Jennifer’s White Gold Wedding Band and threw it out in the front yard from the front lanai. He didn’t get to her in time before she threw the ring he only heard a “tink” of the ring hitting the concrete sidewalk. The front lawn is Hawaiian Crab Grass and it can hide a ring with ease. To make matters worse the lawn crew was coming in two days and if we didn’t find the ring heaven only knows where a weed wacker or lawn mower could send that ring. I started my search closest to the house thinking a 4 year old couldn’t throw a ring very far. I had to deal with the side walk re-bar but other than that the grass was sterile. First target was a Lincoln cent. Working away from the house I found two more underground targets using my pin-pointer so I moved on. I was beginning to think this ring took a weird bounce and might be in the bushes close to the house. That was going to be a pain. I decided to do one more arc of the search and near an irrigation pipe I got a nice tone. I put the pin-pointer into the grass and got a signal. Even with the pin-point it was hard to see the ring in the grass. Todd and I joked it was time to get his daughter into baseball because she had quite the arm. The ring was a good 20+ feet from where she threw it. Todd said he would have never thought to look that far away. With a handshake and a Mahalo the ring wasn’t going to be launched by the lawn crew. Aloha to Todd & Jennifer!
This ring find started in the middle of July when I got a call from Andy from Alamo, California. While playing catch with his son in the Four Season’s lagoon his Gold Wedding Band came off in chest deep water. I arrived around noon and started my search. The lagoons are fairly easy to detect in with pure white sand and the rings normally stay within a few inches of the surface for days. Andy stood in the water where he thought he was when the ring came off and I started my search working out and away from his position. I searched for nearly an hour with no luck finding the ring. I found a different ring and a few coins. I was frustrated not being able to find Andy’s ring which should have been a cinch. I told Andy I would come back that weekend and search the deeper water with scuba in case his ring came off when he was throwing the ball and it might have went deep. Unfortunately Andy had to leave later that day without his ring. I hate when that happens. I came back the next weekend and did a grid search on scuba in deeper water and again another ring and bracelet but not Andy’s ring. That takes me to today I was doing a shallow to neck deep search for some Oakley prescription glasses when I got a nice low tone in thigh deep water. Two scoops and there was a Gold Wedding Band. Sure enough it was engraved and dated as Andy told me it would be. But why in the shallow water? I guess third time is a charm! Aloha to Andy!
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!
While Metal Detecting the lagoon for a Gold Wedding band I was approached by a gentleman named Joey Sparks who said his Brother-In-Law Brian from San Clemente, California lost his Platinum & Gold Wedding Band in chest deep water not too far from where I was hunting. I told him if I found it I’d track them down. Joey said they would be around the pool all day. I continued on my search. After about five minutes I got an air raid siren of a tone while I was in neck deep water. It was all I could do to stay in position to dig the target. After about the fourth dig I had the target in the scoop. As the scoop broke the surface of the water I could see Brian’s huge Platinum & Gold ring in the bottom. Great I went to the area Joey said they would be and no one was around. I continued my hunt and after about thirty minutes a man called me from the shore, “Are you Brian?” I asked. Yes, are you Joe and did you find my ring? Yes, and matter of fact I did. A look of relief came over Brian’s face and he told me he had looked for a very long time the day before. I let him know his ring was buried and no way he would have seen it. We shook hands and I knew another tourist was going home with a smile. Aloha to Brian and Joey for finding me.
It was 7:00 in the evening when I went to get my cellphone off the charger, I turned on the cell and had missed a call 40 minutes prior from Jonathan a local Wedding photographer. While setting up the final scene where he puts the couples two Wedding bands on a starfish in the sand a rogue wave washed way up on the shoreline and erased the scene. In utter shock Jonathan and his lovely assistant Imi immediately started searching for the scattered rings. Of course they were no where to be found. Jonathan then googled “lost ring” on his cellphone and that’s when he left a voicemail. I returned the call immediately but no one answered. After about 15 minutes Jonathan called back and said he was returning the unfortunate couple back to their hotel in Waikiki. I told him we had to look tonight as the next high tide could displace the ring forever. Waimanalo has a very steep shoreline and is difficult to detect in the water this time of year. We met at a local high school and drove back to Waimanalo Beach Park. It was pitch dark now and thankfully I remembered to bring my dive torch. Jonathan and Imi took me to the beach and the tide was out which made the search area dry and easier to hunt. There was a basket on the beach and we speculated others at the beach that knew the rings were lost tried sifting the sand for the rings. I marked the extreme ends of my grid and started the search. My first screaming target was a Great Basin Nevada State Park quarter. I continued on. The area was sterile clean white sand so the search was quiet. After about 5 minutes on the fourth leg I got another low and high tone signal. One scoop down there was the rose gold band. Another scoop down and there was the white gold band. Jonathan & Imi were ecstatic with joy. Can you imagine how they must have felt when they lost the couple’s rings. Imi immediately took some pics with her cellphone and texted them to the couple in Waikiki. This honeymoon was going to be very memorable. Aloha to Jonathan & Imi.
Late Sunday night I got a call from Steve from Huntington Beach, California. While throwing a football in Turtle Bay lagoon his ring flew off. He wasn’t sure if it went forwards or backwards but marked his spot with a large stick in the sand on the beach. Forwards could have been 6 feet deep and backwards 3 feet deep. I told Steve we had to meet early Monday morning if we wanted a chance at finding his ring because many detectorists hit Turtle Bay regularly and early. I arranged to meet Steve at 6 am sharp. I brought my scuba gear just in case it was more then chest deep. When I got to the beach access parking I phoned Steve and he met me in the parking lot. We walked down to the beach and the tide was extremely low. Also thinking back when Steve lost the ring it was on an extreme high tide. Full moon in effect. I started about 5 yards to the left of center and started my grid search. On the third leg I got a loud tone but it was two quarters side by side. Continuing on about the fifth leg I got a screaming target in knee deep water. It took three scoops but there it was one of the most stunning designed Cartier rings I’ve seen. I asked Steve to tell me the design again and it was his ring. Steve told me he had only been married for 48 hours so the relief on his face was so very apparent. Another honeymoon ends well. Aloha to Steve.
After spending the morning metal detecting I was waiting for relatives to arrive for a Father’s Day Party. As relatives were arriving I received a call from Ken who lives on Oahu. Ken said that while he was playing volleyball in the water with his family as he went to strike the ball his ring popped off into the water. His daughter saw where it landed but like usual the soft lagoon sand consumed the ring. Ken immediately marked the spot in 3 feet of water with coral and stones they found laying around. He contacted his friend at Four Seasons Resort which put him in contact with Duke from Aloha Security and that’s how he found me. It was 5:30 and the sun was setting fast. Ko Olina is 30+ miles away and I wasn’t sure what traffic was going to be like so I told Ken I’d be on my way but not sure how long it would take. Thankfully traffic was very light and I made it there in 40 minutes. Ken was standing in the water next to the pile of coral & stones. He introduced me to his lovely wife Jackie (whose name you can see inside the ring) and his daughters who were waiting on the beach. I quickly started a circular search pattern working out from the pile. On the third leg about 20 feet from the pile I got my first target. It sounded good and one scoop later I pulled Ken’s ring from the scoop and handed it to him. Hugs, handshakes, thank yous and pictures all make this hobby so rewarding. Aloha to Ken & Jackie!