After 60 Years, Two Friends In Hawaii Discover They're Half Brothers

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Two best friends who have known each other since the sixth-grade have spent the past 60 years not knowing they were also brothers, until one took a DNA home test.

Two lifelong best friends got one of the most wonderful gifts this holiday season: finding out that they’re true relatives.

Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson grew up in Hawaii together. They’ve known each other since they were children in sixth-grade, even attending Punahou preparatory school together where they both played football.

They shared another similarity with one another: They both grew up not really knowing who their parents were. Robinson was adopted, and Macfarlane never met his father.

Perhaps because Mcfarlane had so many questions about his past, his family bought him a DNA testing kit. It was through that test that Macfarlane discovered that he had a half-brother — who had been alongside him for the past 60 years.

“It was so funny because you know when we played for Punahou, we were both first string and we're brothers, playing side by side,” Macfarlane said. “He's the tackle, I’m the end, and we never knew.”

The results of the test from Ancestry.com revealed that Macfarlane had a genetic similarity with another user on the site with the name “Robi737.”

Knowing that his lifelong friend was nicknamed “Robby” — and knowing also that he had flown 737 planes for commercial airlines — Macfarlane called Robinson to ask some questions, and they soon discovered they had the same birth mother.

The two have always been told that they look the same, but one physical trait seemed to seal the fact that they were half brothers: their hairy arms.

“Yeah, hairy arms, that did it,” Macfarlane said.

The two agree that this is one of the best gifts they could have received.

“This is the best Christmas present I could ever imagine having,” Robinson said.

At this time of year, Christmas shopping lists occupy the minds of family members across the country, and we all try to find our loved ones that “perfect gift.” But one of the greatest gifts of all is the love that you get from family members.

For two brothers who had no idea they were related, the friendship they already had is all-the-more meaningful. This is definitely a Christmas they won’t soon forget — not for the gifts they get, but for the brother they’ve both discovered who was there all along.

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