AIEA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Geocaching might be the most popular hobby that many people have never heard of. It's an interactive treasure hunt played throughout the world by over five-million adventure seekers.
"Basic membership is free and all you need is a GPS device," said Roland Lee, also known as "Geogerms."
Lee and his family have been on the hunt in the islands since 2006. They've found hundreds of trinkets like toys and coins, to gift cards left in the Geocaches. The first cache they ever found was located at the Hawaii Kai Shopping Center.
"We were looking all over the place, we couldn't find it, we were really new at it," said Lee. "So we were looking in the bushes and everything and my wife, sits down on the bench and says, wouldn't it be funny if it was under the bench. Next thing you know she looks under the bench, and there it was velcroed to the bench."
Four years after finding that cache, the Lee's found every one of the nearly 900 Geocaches on Oahu. Now, the plan on searching the neighbor islands and even taking trips to the West Coast, but Roland Lee says that they're not doing it to find treasure.
"The stuff that's in the cache is not what draws us," said Lee. "Most of the time, it's the journey to the cache that's most rewarding."
"We've seen stuff just in Hawaii that we would have never saw if there wasn't a Geocache here," said Richard Swanson. "We saw some wild pigs up here on the way in, and we never saw wild pigs before so that was cool."
Richard Swanson and his wife are here on vacation from Arkansas. They've already found 90 Geocaches across the islands and over 3,000 across 48 states. The only states they haven't found caches in are North Dakota and Georgia. Roland lee says that if you plan on Geocaching, be sure to follow one simple guideline.
"If you take something, you leave something," said Lee.
To get started, all you need to do is sign up for free account at www.Geocaching.com and get a GPS device like an Ipad or Iphone and purchase the "Geocache" App.
We here at HawaiiNewsNow have hidden two Geocaches for our viewers to find. One of them is located here on Oahu, and the other is near the shoreline of Hilo Bay. Both contain a HawaiiNewsNow T-shirt, coffee mug, and microphone flag for you to take. Just remember to leave something for the next finder. The official coordinates should be posted on Geocaching.com within a few days.
If you would like to get a head start on the competition, the GPS coordinates for the caches are as follows:
Hilo Geocache - 19.729223, -155.065903
Oahu Geocache - 21.322687, -157.877930
For complete information on how to get started, log on to Geocaching.com or visit Youtube for a two-minute tutorial.