Finders Seekers is a monthly puzzle subscription box for anyone who loves puzzles, escape rooms, Sherlock Holmes, mysteries, or anything requiring a little brainpower. Finders Seekers features a new destination each month, so in addition to the puzzle/escape room experience, you get a mini travel experience, too, exploring a new city and its culture every month.
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FYI – there are SPOILERS in this post!
A THRILLING ADVENTURE DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR
Explore world cultures solving puzzles, decoding cryptic messages and discovering underground societies. A new city each month!
As a subscriber (limited numbers can join each month), you are invited to join the Society of Seekers, a group of like-minded puzzle fiends who use their heads and a little bit of internet-search know-how to explore a city and solve a mystery each month.
Included in this month’s box is a welcome letter and checklist of every item that should be inside the package, plus all the clues you’ll need to solve the mystery.
Aloha! At first glance, the lei is already giving away the location this month, Hawaii!
One of the first items that caught our attention is this colorful lei.
There are also coconut tiles and each tile has an illustration of different things, like a necktie, a bee, numbers, letters, and more! I wonder what role are these tiles playing in solving this mystery box?
Each tile is numbered at the back as well. I think you’ll get a tile for each puzzle you’ll be able to solve.
You start the solve by visiting the site.
Aloha! Welcome to the Hawaiian islands. This paradise state consists of a group of hundreds of islands spread across 1,500 miles in the Pacific Ocean. The islands were originally settled by Polynesian settlers around 300 CE. A thriving island culture developed and remained uninfluenced until the 16th centurey when Spanish explorers arrived at the islands.
Prior to joining the United States, Hawaii was an island nation led by a monarchy. In 1782, King Kamehameha I unified the Hawaiian islands and formed a single sovereign nation. As ruler, Kamehameha formalized the legal system, imposed vital taxes on European traders and established humanitarian laws.
To continue with your quest, you’ll need the Hawaiian map and must unlock its secret!
Here’s the beautiful Hawaiian map. At first, we don’t really have a clue on what to do with it, and how we will be using it as our next clue.
We recalled what items are on the list, and found this striped plastic transparency.
Our first clue used transparency and the map, and we earned a card. Now, we’re on to the next clue.
We were able to get a coconut tile by solving this puzzle!
The next puzzle is deciphering the codes etched on this rock.
We were able to decipher it and earned another tile. This time, we got the one with the bee drawn on it.
After clicking on the next puzzle, it revealed a page featuring the historical site Pu’ukohola Heiau Puzzle.
We need to reveal the clubs’ secret passphrase, used by the warriors. However, the clue to one of the words was misspelled, which was frustrating because we kept on putting the numbers in until we realized that the matching words needed to be entered on the site. And like for every puzzle we solved, we earn a card.
And after we found out the passphrase, we got another tile! This is getting more exciting!
It leads us to another puzzle where we need to decipher the sign’s password!
For this puzzle, we will make use of the green and red wrist bands and using the clues for alignment. The bracelets were also an interesting and fun cipher, plus a little memento of our “trip”.
Here’s another puzzle, that features the beautiful Waikiki beach. We needed to rent a surfboard, then we played around with numerical patterns and got it.
Another puzzle features the underwater beauty of the Molokini Crater. We went snorkeling and got a souvenir underwater portrait with another puzzle!
Then, on to Iolani Palace! This one is a beautiful puzzle with a classic-looking print. As a distinguished guest, you are given a commemorative royal plate from Queen Liliʻuokalani’s collection. The plate also contains the key to earning the next tile. Turning the paper upside down revealed our next clue.
The next puzzle that we need to solve features the Volcanoes National Park. It will reveal the last location of this hunt.
It’s a sheet where we need to cut out the pieces and arrange them accordingly.
This clue was fairly easy to solve, but deciphering it into geographical coordinates was harder because I’m not super familiar with it. But we got it.
The village of Puuwai! Now, for the final puzzle, we must decipher a code that is contained in the Warrior Chant used by the Puuwai.
Here’s the Warrior Chant that we need to decipher.
They also included a beach flying disc! We used it for the final clue.
The last clue was to solve the tiles in order to get an ancient Hawaiian proverb –
No cliff is so tall it cannot be climbed.
We have finally completed the puzzle, and proven ourselves worthy of guarding the Hawaiian’s ancient secret!
This is highly recommended for those who love solving a good mystery! The box provided all the materials needed to go on with your journey, and just log on to the website for added mysteries and fun! My daughter & I really enjoyed this Hawaiian journey, and we feel empowered after solving it, feels like we’re real guardians of the ancient secret! It’s really challenging and we love good challenges every once in a while, it’s also a great learning experience, not only about how to decipher and solve the puzzles but also, learning about other culture and traditions on the featured locations. It’s really fun, and we’re so thrilled for the next box, so keep the challenges coming!
Did you solve the mystery? How long did it take you? Let us know in the comments below!