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Mail mix-up leads to search for rightful owner of photos

One of the images found on GoPro camera (Courtesy: JB Friedman) One of the images found on GoPro camera (Courtesy: JB Friedman)
One of the images found on GoPro camera (Courtesy: JB Friedman) One of the images found on GoPro camera (Courtesy: JB Friedman)
One of the images found on GoPro camera (Courtesy: JB Friedman) One of the images found on GoPro camera (Courtesy: JB Friedman)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Mystery solved! A Hawaii man who reached out to Hawaii News Now in hopes of finding the owner of an unusual package he received, finally has an answer. 

It all started with a post office mix-up during the holiday rush that resulted in several items that weren't meant for JB Friedman landing in his mailbox.

Somewhere in transit from Oregon to Hawaii, his large paper package had ripped open.

"The post office put the contents back in the original bag, taped it up and then put the entire package inside a plastic bag and forwarded it to me," said Friedman.

When the package arrived, it contained his items, plus several things meant for other people. 

"I figure there must have been some other packages that got busted opened at the same time, and whoever handled these items at the post office must have guessed at what went where," he said.

The most valuable item was a GoPro camera, not only because of its price, but also because it was filled with memories. Most of the photos on the camera were shot in Hawaii, and Friedman turned to Hawaii News Now in hopes of finding a way to locate the owner and return the camera.

Just minutes after the story was posted on Facebook, he got his answer: The man in the photo was World Champion longboarder Bonga Perkins. He's pictured with his fiancee, Veronica.

It's no wonder he was recognized quickly. Perkins is described on Surfline.com as "one of the world's best all around surfers" and one of the few who tackles Pipeline on a longboard.

Friedman has since made contact with Perkins' fiancee and plans to mail the GoPro to them. That package was originally destined for Colorado. 

"I was definitely worried because there are a lot of special pictures on that camera including the video of our engagement," she told Hawaii News Now. "We feel very loved and lucky that there are still some awesome people left in the world that do these random acts of kindness."

Also in the package were a holiday card, inexpensive earrings, a Christmas pencil and a fast pass from San Francisco, which allows carpool drivers to use a designated lane of the highway toll-free.

Friedman says he found the owner of the driver's pass. None of the other items in his delivery belonged to that person or Perkins.

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