Dutch’s aloha treat

Some of Dutch Medford’s best sleuthing has come since he quit working as a

police officer. And for that, he’s now a shining example of aloha.

Medford,

using his trusty metal detector, estimates he has retrieved and returned to

their owners nearly $500,000 worth of jewelry and coins misplaced on the

beaches of Kaua’i. His rescues included a priceless, 500-year-old family

heirloom ring that a visitor lost while rescuing his wife from the surf off

Po’ipu last year. That recovery by Medford has been featured on national cable

television on The Dicovery Channel.

His efforts, which are motivated by his

desire to reunite people with prized belongings, last week earned him the 2000

Aloha Spirit Award from the Kaua’i Chamber of Commerce. Chamber officials said

Medford’s ways are “an inspiration.” We’ll second that.

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