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Hawaii's unexpected treasure hunter

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Retired Navy Commander Dale Rohlf has a rather pedestrian occupation: metal detector salesman.  Business is good, as Rohlf's shop "All Island Treasure Detectors" is the only one of its kind in Hawaii.

However, it's his side gig that's truly lucrative.

"I have found ring up to two carats, and platinum rings" said Rohlf.

Rohlf is a treasure hunter.   But he's not a treasure keeper.

"Right now as an average I'll return a little over $100,000 in jewelry a year to people".

Rohlf answers calls over lost jewelry, and without any charged rate, will search for people's lost items. 

"In one case I think I received a $60 reward for a $15,000 ring set...but that's fine, it's whatever people can afford, it's all voluntary".

The reason he's so at ease with it is his passion for metal detecting.

"You never lose the thrill of finding the treasure.  It's kind of like a second childhood in a way now".

Additionally, Rohlf enjoys the connectivity with the people he helps.

"I've got a picture board in my garage where I do the business from and people come, and I say 'see those pictures on that board, every one of them is a separate story".

If you would like to reach Dale and inquire about the metal detectors he has for sale, or to request a recovery, you can call All Island Treasure Detectors at 808-486-3602.

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