Lifelong friends in Hawaii discover they're also brothers in 'a Christmas miracle'

Toni Houston
December 28, 2017

Lifelong pals Alan Robinson and Walter MacFarlane have been best mates for 60 years, ever since they played football together at prep school in Hawaii. Macfarlane never knew his father and Robinson was adopted.

So when Macfarlane, with the help of his family, chose to research his lineage, they uncovered a truly unexpected surprise.

Macfarlane noticed a close match, including an identical X-chromosome, with a user on one site who used the handle Robi737. And to make the results even more convincing, the recurring username was reportedly related to Robinson.

Daughter Cindy Macfarlane-Flores said: "So then we started digging into all the matches he started getting". "I thought I'll never know my birth mother, I'll never have any nieces or nephews".

In a separate bid to trace his father, Mr Macfarlane turned to a family history and DNA website and carried out a test. "We've been playing cribbage all our lives", Macfarlane said.

The men learned of their sibling bond after separately taking DNA tests to trace details about their ancestry.

"It was a shock", Macfarlane told KHON.

The name turned out to be a combination of Robinson's nickname, Robi, and the 737s he flew for Aloha Airlines. "Yeah, it was a shock, definitely", Robinson agreed.


"Hairy arms, that did it!"

The new (ish) brothers broke the news to friends and family on Saturday.

"Never crossed my mind either, that's what really unbelievable, we go 60 years", Mr Robinson said.

"It was an overwhelming experience, it's still overwhelming".

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

"You know we'd go to Punaluu to go skin-diving, I'd be making noise in the water splashing around, he'd be teaching me how to do it right", he told KITV.

The pair told their family about the revelation over the weekend, and say they plan to travel and enjoy retirement together.

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