We’ve all lost something valuable before – whether it be our wallet or our car keys. And despite searching high and low, even retracing our steps, there’s nothing left to do but chuck it up as a loss.

I’m sure that’s what one woman on Maui did when she realized her Canon camera was missing in 2007. Little did she know, however, it would wash ashore a Taiwan beach nearly six years later.

The woman on right is believed to be the owner of the camera that drifted from Maui to Taiwan.

Thanks to a water housing, the camera survived the 6,200-mile voyage across the Pacific. It floated to the east side of Taiwan, where a China Airlines employee scooped up the barnacle-covered item. The airlines has been trying to track down the owner – who was likely a tourist – since February and will provide an open airplane ticket for the person to retrieve the camera.

Amazingly, the photos are still intact. They show memories from a ping trip in Kaanapali. According to Hawaii News Now, China Airlines suspects the woman in blue (above) to be the owner of the camera because she appears in most of the pictures. However, they have yet to confirm this.

I have a good feeling the owner will soon be reunited with these long-lost memories. Through social media, this amazing story has been traveling around cyberspace in an effort to find the camera’s owner. Thankfully, it’s been going at a rate much quicker than the camera’s voyage, and it’ll only be a matter of time before the big reunion.


  1. What a nice story. First we have to let go and then wonderful things can happen. And it is so, what is truly yours can never be lost, even when it is a camera. I think this camera was protected by the good spirit of Hawaii and was ment to go back to the owner.

  2. Hiya – I’m an Cruise Critic visitor, and this was posted on one of the blogs. The person who found the camera posted on a roll call for ships that were in port that day. They were able to track down someone in the party of the owners and connected. Both parties were traveling on a Hawaiian cruise have made plans to exchange the camera. I believe it happened in less than 48 hours….amazing what social media can do!!

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