Wedding Ring Found - KITV News, baby

Stu & Crissy-girl, you're famous. I want an autograph...NOW! ;) Awesome story to tell Taylor in a few years! XOXO!

And from what I hear, ABC & Good Morning America want to cover this now! OC-1 paddling goes national. Chee-hoo! ha ha....

What goes around, comes around....good things happen to good people. Thanks for sharing, Mr. & Mrs. Helm.

Submitted by Jaimie on Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:27pm

i was all excited to start a new thread, but you beat me to it.

#1 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 9:46pm

first thing out of mrs. 9_0's mouth was, "leave the ring on, not at home!"

#2 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 10:08pm

Great to see the story got picked up by the local news as it is one of these local happenings that deserves to be shared with others.

I agree though that the ring should still go with him, but tied around the neck on a leather strap, instead of in that otterbox.

#3 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 10:30pm

Sorry, Queso :(

#4 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 10:43pm

Great story to tell the grandchildren someday.

#5 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 10:59pm

Jill attempted to contact us during our vacation and we thought it was a joke. But we arrived back on Oahu Sunday and Monday I drove down to Hanauma Bay to pick up the ring and other effects. I arrived and met all of the staff that was involved with the finding. They all laughed and joked as I told them the story. As soon as I was about to leave, one of the employees asked if I could wait awhile till the news (Jill) people arrived. At first I was pretty nervous and shy, then I was like what the hell, lets do it for kicks not realizing it would've made the news with all kinds of other important press happening around the islands and nation. I didn't get to watch the news (yes, I was putting in an evening session) and later my wife and I watched it online and cracked up. Its kind of weird watching and hearing yourself talk. Anyways a few minutes after watching the clip, Jill called and related that its going national and later got a call from New York (I think its Good Morning America, the one people watch every morning) and talked to a wahine who wanted to do a phone interview with my wife and I.

I just wanted to thank the staff at Hanauma Bay because they're an honest bunch and definitely have job security. The employees find all kinds of stuff daily that can be easily tucked away, but they turn it in to the "lost and found" not thinking that they scored a new watch, cash, or jewelry, but finding someone's sentimental item.

And the real hero is definitely my wife that still loves me and didn't kill me. But she definitely got a good laugh at me being animated.

I guess with all of the turmoil occurring around the state, nation, and world, it shows that there is always a story with a happy ending happening somewhere.

Carlton Helm

save la'au point.

#6 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 11:23pm

I wanted to wear the ring on a necklace, but someone in my "Help!!!" thread mentioned that they lost their ring while having it on a necklace. If the boss says leave it home, I've learned the first time and I pretty much heed to instructions. With my luck, I'll probably put the ring on my necklace (which is leather) and somehow it will break. My wife either trusts me enough or the ring cost too damn much to lose again.

Thanks for the advice though,


save la'au point.

#7 Mon, 11/17/2008 - 11:31pm

hahhahaha! nice happy ending, and mahalos for sharing!
just make sure you do as she says....its the only way to a happy marrige....

many , many happy years of happyness bule!!

#8 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 12:50am

this is too funny. and too awesome! glad you found your stuff, and the wifey didn't beat you. and news coverage? niiiice.

i'm a female, and i wear rings all the time when i paddle (regatta & distance). i haven't found it to bother me too much, although i don't have a wedding ring, but maybe im just used to it. if it's just a plain wedding ring (like as in a guy's wedding ring/band), it shouldn't bother a guy too much. but i guess that it requires getting used to paddling with it on. but for some people, it may be different, and make da kine beeeg blistahs li'dat.

but for females, the diamond may present an obstacle, and it may cause wear on the ring. but that's just my opinion. im glad you didn't "lose" the ring forever. what a neat story.

glad to know that all is now right with the world! :)

#9 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 9:39am

I gotta say, this has got to be the best Ocpaddler posting, and best story ever and its all real.

Paddling is one thing but to share it, and all the experiences, good and not good, with someone special is priceless. That was some BEAUTIFUL wedding photos too WOW.

The ring I lost while wearing it on my leather necklace actually came off when the clasps somehow got jostled loose. It was a multihinged14kt gold ring thats kinda weighty. If you do decide to wear it on a necklace, I'd opt for the length adjustable double tight knots - my friend took me to Bead It on Koko Head Avenue to get it done right.

Simply Awesome Story!!!

#10 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 11:25am

My brother-in-law wears his wedding band and ring on his other hand while paddling/SUP and it doesn't bother him. Only problem is when he borrows my paddles they comeback with the tape or foam grip I put on them all knicked or cut up from the rings.

I knew a few of my married friends in the Marines would put their wedding rings tied around their necks on either a leather strap or parachute cord whenever we went out on field training. One guy I knew used his ID/Dogtag chain like some others do as well, but the chain ended up breaking on him. Good thing though was it slid down his tucked in undershirt and into his trousers and stayed their at the bottom of the bloused cuff. He found it when he took his boots off.

Other friends would take their ring and put it in the strap of their wristwatch, Didn't know anyone that lost one doing that yet.

Better do as the Wife says and just leave it at home when you go out paddling, as you wouldn't hear the end of it if you were to lose it from not doing as she said.

#11 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 11:46am

They just had a link to the KITV story on the homepage of The Helms are getting some pretty good coverage with this thing.

#12 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 12:14pm


Carlton, you are a lucky guy.....

#13 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 12:36pm

Wow, it is on!!!

Carlton, when you do the talk show circuit (Oprah, David Letterman, etc...), don't forget to remind them that it is called "paddling" and not "rowing". And our vessels are called "oc-1s" and not "kayaks".

Wear the same uniform you had on the KITV spot, gun and all. And most importantly, don't forget to have them put on some white foundation because yooze "black" bruddah!!! We might not be able to see you on late night TV...

Team sexual chocolate rides again buddy, yeehaw!!!

#14 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 12:47pm


#15 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 1:27pm

Thats pretty funny - the post by pkonohia - definitely click on the link - would be kewl to see what happens - ya just never know these days!

Perhaps an inspiration for a future episode of "Lost" in the making?! - No pun intended :-p

Hit that link ;-}

#16 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 1:44pm

Hey Peter, after a week on Molokai and in the ocean everyday, I think I reached the extra rich dark sexual chocolate status! Another week in Oahu and I'll go back to milk chocolate status.

Team Sexual Chocolate...


save la'au point.

#17 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 2:48pm

Hey Bamski...I told you in earlier posts, good things happen to good people. Bruddah, you one good guy. If you ever change, I going find you and KICK your BEHIND!!

Gotta love blessed my man, you blessed. Enjoy your water time now because when that baby comes, your life will change. And...there will be more visits to the dog house my friend, more can count on it.

good luck.

Jaws Out.

#18 Tue, 11/18/2008 - 3:18pm

will this story be on good morning amercia? its a great story!

#19 Wed, 11/19/2008 - 10:09pm

Best story ever. I told it at work and nobody wanted to believe at first! Vince, inchiriere auto ploiesti

#20 Wed, 02/01/2012 - 3:47am

Ok Pog,
This is one problem for you: try figure out what can use, so us guys who no like take off the rings, can paddle without damaging or marring the paddle shaft? Wonder if get one sleeve or something for protect the shaft? I tired sanding and varnishing the same spot ovah and ovah. Mahalos if can?

#21 Wed, 02/01/2012 - 11:39am

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