State Treasures - Hawaii

By Anthony M. Belli
From page 27 of the March, 2013 issue of Lost Treasure
Copyright © 2013 Lost Treasure, Inc. all rights reserved


Treasure In The Sand
(HAWAII) Most any beach in Hawaii where people gather is a good place to hunt.
The best times of course are just after a big storm has moved through the area, or shortly after an event has taken place.
The Hawaiian Islands draws a lot of people to her shores every year. It is a location that visitors can travel to year round for recreation.
Another benefit of hunting Hawaii’s beaches in your advantage is that visitors will bring their finer pieces of jewelry with them.
Not to leave them behind in their room, but to wear so they can be seen.
Once the tourist hits the beach sporting their nice pieces of jewelry the suntan lotion usually comes out next.
The lotion not only provides protection from the sun, but it lubricates fingers and enables jewelry to fall off a little easier.
Following the suntan lotion sooner or later the tourist is going to have to wander out into the surf to experience Hawaii properly.
The combination of saltwater and suntan lotion will cause the skin to shrink, making it far more likely for someone to lose their bling.
Other things you can do to heighten your success is to watch closely where the largest groups congregate on the beach.
Note any event that brings people out to the beach - a company party, holiday celebration, etc.
After the event, the key is to get to the site where the event was held first. Once coins or jewelry hit the sand they are gone.
Remember when beachcombing and coin shooting, the longer you wait the deeper these items will sink into the sand.
With a little research I was able to get a list of the 10 most popular beaches in Hawaii - Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Kaanapali - Black Rock Beach, Maui, Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Ke’e Beach, Kauai, Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hapuna Beach State Park, Hawaii.
Be sure to inquire with park officials before bringing your detector out) Hulopoe Beach, Kauai, Poipu Beach, Kauai, and Papohaku Beach, Molokai.
In the past, Waikiki Beach has been very productive.
Ala Moa Moana Beach, Diamond Head Beach, Sunset Beach, Sandy, Kailua and Punaluu Beaches, Waimea Beach, Haliew and Mokuleia Beach have been good hunting places.

The Battle of Nuʻuanu
(O’AHU) The Battle of Nu’uanu began when Kamehameha’s forces landed on the southeastern portion of Oahu near Wai’alae and Waikiki in 1795.
Kamehameha’s army spent several days gathering supplies and his scouts reported on Kalanikupule’s defenses and positions.
Kamehameha’s army moved westward and encountered their first sign of resistance near the Punchbowl Crater.
Kamehameha divided his forces into two groups.
Half his men went around the crater in a flanking maneuver, the other half charged straight for Kalanikupule.
Attacked from both sides,  Kalanikupule retreated to La’imi.
Kamehameha ordered his men to pursue while he secretly detached a portion of his army to disable Kalanikupule’s cannons in the surrounding heights of the Nu’uanu Valley.
Kamehameha brought up his own cannons to shell La’imi.
It was during this part of the battle that both Kalanikupule and Kaiana were wounded, Kaiana fatally.
With its leadership in chaos, the Oahu army slowly fell back north through the Nu’uanu Valley to the cliffs at Nu’uanu Pali.
Here Kalanikupule’s army fought the Hawaiian Army, but they’d been pushed to the heights of the cliffs.
Facing a 1,000-foot drop, over 400 Oahu warriors either jumped or were pushed over the edge of the Pali.
In 1898, construction workers working on the Pali road discovered 800 skulls believed to be the remains of the warriors that fell to their deaths from the cliff above.
The battlefield where these events unfolded has produced war relics in the past.
This should prove to be a good hunting spot for collectors of war relics.

Six Treasure Chests
and Mass Murder
(O’AHU) The story about three men known only as Robinson, Brown and Monks surfaced in 1823 after all three men came ashore from a longboat at Honolulu Harbor.
About a month later, Robinson and Brown secured passage for Australia and were never seen again.
Days later, Monks was discovered unconscious; he’d been severely beaten and repeatedly stabbed.
For a year before his death in 1828, Monks was cared for by an elderly Hawaiian couple.
In exchange for their kindness and care, Monks told them his story of working as a Quartermaster on the Peruvian.
Offered the job in 1821, Monks accepted and later sailed from Callao, Peru.
At that time much civil unrest and heavy fighting occurred, as several South American countries were trying to free themselves from the yoke of Spanish rule.
Callao was under evacuation as the Spanish Viceroy was trying to flee the Revolution.
Ships were in great demand to take Spaniards, and their treasure of gold, silver and church plate, to safety.
The Peruvian was loaded with Spanish treasure and set sail for Guam, the nearest Spanish possession.
But once underway, the ship’s captain, Captain Robinson, ordered a change in course for the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands.
When the vessel approached O’ahu, Robinson ordered it sail in close to shore.
As they passed, Robinson appeared to be scouting out a landmark.
He then ordered to ship out to sea on a southerly course.
That night, showing no lights, Robinson circled back to the west point of the island and dropped anchor.
Robinson, Brown and three sailors put to shore in a small boat, returning to the Peruvian that night.
The next morning Robinson appeared to be in a festive mood and ordered a barrel of rum for the crew.
By evening the crew was besotted with liquor. Only six men onboard remained sober, Robinson, Brown, Monks and three sailors.
Once the men had passed out they were carried below and, on Robinson’s orders, the hatch cover battened down.
The longboat was brought alongside and six chests were carried from Robinson’s cabin and placed in the boat.
Robinson, Brown and Monks took seats in the bow and the three sailors manned the oars.
When Monks looked back at the Peruvian he saw her settling. He then knew Robinson had opened the seacocks and the ship would soon sink with the entire crew locked down below.
At dusk, the longboat beached on a spit of land on O’ahu. Monks was ordered to remain to guard the boat while the three sailors and Brown followed Robinson towards the southern side of the bluff that faced the beach.
They carried two chests with them. An hour passed before the party returned and carried the remaining four chests.
Again Monks remained to guard the longboat.
Several minutes after the party had walked off, Monks heard several shots break the silence.
Robinson and Brown returned alone and the three returned to the longboat and sailed towards Honolulu, during which time Monks was briefed on the story to tell.
Monks feared he would be the next man murdered. Fearful of Robinson and Brown, Monks faithfully kept his mouth shut and stuck to the story.
In conversation, Monks was told by Brown that the treasure had been deposited in a hole at the top of the hill near a platform and a wall of fitted stones.
The location where the longboat landed was undoubtedly Kaena Point, which is a spit of land and rock.
At the top of the cliff overlooking the point are the ruins of the platform and an ancient Hawaiian temple.
Neither Robinson nor Brown is ever known to have returned to O’ahu. Monks, fearful of retribution, never looked for the treasure.
So all six chests are believed to remain hidden today at the summit of the bluff.

Cave of Bones Treasure
(O’AHU) It was 1810 when De Francisco de Paula Mann was shanghaied in California.
Put on a ship bound for Hawaii, the vessel arrived at Honolulu where Mann pleaded with authorities and was released.
He remained in the Islands where he prospered by selling sandal-wood and pearls, eventually amassing a small fortune.
According to legend, Mann hid the bulk of his wealth in a cave on Ford Island known as the Cave of Bones.
Located in the center of Pearl Harbor, the island belongs to the US Navy and much of the island has been covered by modern development.
The location of the cave is unknown. Mann died in 1837. 

Sources:
Henson, Michael Paul, “Hawaii: A Treasure Hunter’s Paradise-Tourist Beaches,” September 1983, Lost Treasure, p. 43
Wikipedia research: The Battle of Nu'uanu
Marx, Robert F., “Buried Treasure of the United States,” 1978, Bonanza Books, New York
Henson, Michael Paul, “Gold Relics ‘n’ More in Hawaii,” November 1994, Lost Treasure, p. 28
Henson, Michael Paul, “Hawaii: A Treasure Hunter’s Paradise-Cave of Bones,” September 1983, p. 44.