Alan Robinson and Walter Macfarlane have enjoyed a 60-year-long friendship, and the best pals recently discovered a probable reason behind their innate affection for each other. According to KITV, the Hawaiian men discovered that they share the same maternal origins and are actually siblings.
Robinson was adopted, while Macfarlane never knew his father. McFarlane’s children bought him a home DNA kit for his birthday, and when taking the test and doing a search on Ancestry.com, an unlikely coincidence was revealed: The best friends share the same birth mother.
Walter MacFarlane is a three sport athlete out of Punahou from 1962, inducted into the Buffanblu Hall of Champions, but there’s more, he has a new brother and it’s one of his best friends his whole life.
Walter and Alan Robinson, or “Robby” as he’s known, have been best friends since they were 6th graders at Punahou School.
“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. He’s the tackle, I’m the end and we never knew you know,” Walter said.
After years of sharing the same interests, finishing each other’s sentences, even having people tell them they look alike, Walter and Robby claim they had no idea.
“It was a shock, definitely a shock. But then, when you thought about it, compared forearms and everything…” Macfarlane reportedly said.
“Hairy arms! That did it,” exclaimed Robinson.
“This guy was … he was like an older brother all along. You know, we’d go to Punaluu [and] go skin-diving. I’d be making noise in the water, splashing around. He’d be teaching me how to do it right. He’d always come out of the water with the biggest string of fish and I had the smallest,” Robinson said.
“As it should be, you’re my younger brother,” Walter said.
The half-brothers say they told their families about their mutual ancestry over the Christmas holiday (see video below), and they plan to travel and enjoy retirement together, according to WHDH.
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