Memories lost

LIHUE — It’s not about the money. It’s the sentimental value.

A Texas family is hoping someone has a change of heart after making off with their camera, full of photos from what they described as a “dream vacation” to Oahu and Kauai.

The camera, a black Nikon Coolpix P520, was taken Tuesday evening from the closed glove compartment of the family’s Grey Jeep Liberty rental car while parked overnight in the valet lot of the Aqua Kauai Beach Resort in Nukolii. 

“On the last day (of our vacation), of course, is when it happened,” said Phillip Tran. “So it contains pretty much all of the pictures that we took.”

Tran said the camera contained several hundred pictures, including family photos of him, his wife and their two children, ages 13 and 11. It was the first vacation the Trans have taken together in years. Unfortunately, however, it ended in similar fashion.

A few years ago, the Trans traveled to Mexico and lost their camera on the way to the airport to catch a return flight. They never got it back. 

“It happened again,” Tran said by phone Friday from Texas. “All I can do is hope is that I’m able to get it back, at least get the memory card with the pictures.” 

Tran hopes that whoever stole it realizes it contains precious memories for him and his family. 

“The camera itself can be replaced; however, the numerous pictures inside cannot,” he said. “My wife, the kids and I were all sad and heartbroken to find the camera to be mistakenly taken from us.”

Tran said he filed reports with both the hotel’s security and the Kauai Police Department, and has been scouring Craigslist in case it turns up for sale. The serial number inside the camera is 31144178 and it was stolen without the charger cord and other cables. 

He encourages anyone with information about the camera to contact him at (214) 405-4687. 

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