You've more than likely heard about people doing it on the internet. And honestly, there's a pretty good chance that you or someone you love has done it, as well. We're not talking about a new fad diet or exercise routine. And we're not talking about a new dance. What we are talking about is at-home DNA testing. Whether it's to trace their history or find long lost family members, people can't stop talking about at-home DNA testing. And while most people see at least something that they expected, the people in these stories received a surprise of a lifetime when they received their results.
72-year-old Alan “Robi” Robinson and 74-year-old Walter MacFarlane are what most people would consider lifelong friends, but these best friends have quite an unusual tale to tell.
Their story began in the 1960s when the two boys entered into Punahou Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Like a lot of young boys, these two had plenty of things in common. But unlike others, these two had something in common that most do not.
It wasn’t long before the two boys became inseparable from one another.
They did everything together. They played on the same high school football team and they loved being outdoors. But the one thing that bonded the boys together more than anything else was where their lives started.
Robi had never known either one of his biological parents because he was adopted from a very early age, and Walter was in a very similar boat.
Walter’s mother, Genevieve, was planning on giving up Walter for adoption from the very start, but her parents decided to intervene. Walter’s grandparents decided to “hanai” Walter, which is a common practice in Hawaii that allows family members to adopt a child without having to go to court. So Walter’s grandparents raised him like their own, but he still had no clue who his father was.
The boys were almost 15 months apart, which meant that they had different circles of friends, despite how close they were.
Even though the boys were always close, it was inevitable that they would follow different paths in life. “He was the party-er. I never went to or did any partying in high school,” explained Walter, who was more into sports than drinking and girls.
Robi was always less inclined to play sports, but eventually, he decided to buckle down.
After Robi made the decision to quit partying and get his life on track, he attended aviation, which would eventually lead him to become a pilot for Aloha Airlines.