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Hawaii Friends Brothers: 60-Year Friendship Gets Special Surprise

Hawaii Friends Brothers: 60-Year Friendship Gets Special Surprise
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 01:55 PM

Two Hawaii men who have been friends for the last 60 years recently discovered they are brothers.

The two Hawaiian men, Walter Macfarlane and Alan Robinson, have been best friends since sixth grade, Fox News reported, and the two bonded over the fact that they both came from broken families.

Macfarlane never knew his father while Robinson was adopted, WHDH noted.

"I had a younger brother that I lost when he was 19, so I never had nieces or nephews," said Robinson per KHON-TV. "I thought I'll never know my birth mother. I'll never have any nieces or nephews."

Macfarlane was determined to find answers and had been using the internet and social media to try and track down relatives.

When this proved unsuccessful he turned to family DNA matching website, Ancestry.com which, unbeknown to him, Robinson had also been using to try and track down family members.

During Macfarlane's search the username ROBI737 kept cropping up as a DNA match — a username that was all too familiar to him.

Walter Macfarlane's daughter, Cindy Macfarlane, explained that Robinson's nickname was Robbie and, as a pilot, he flew 737s for Aloha Airlines.

A few phone calls later and the two men discovered they shared the same birth mother, Fox News noted.

"It was shock, definitely and then we thought about it and compared forearms," said Robinson, according to KHON-TV.

"Yea hairy arms, that did it!" Macfarlane chimed in.

The two men shared the news to their friends and family on Saturday night, just in time for Christmas.

"This is the best Christmas present I can ever imagine having," Macfarlane said per Fox News.

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