HONOLULU, April 28 (UPI) -- A pair of half-brothers who never met as children in Massachusetts said they discovered one another by chance on a Hawaiian beach.
Resort event planner Joe Parker, 38, who grew up in the town of Leominster and later moved to Hawaii, said he was at Waikiki Beach in Honolulu to secure a surfing lesson for a client and he asked Rick Hill, a Lunenburg resident visiting Hawaii with his family, if he wanted help taking a picture of his family, the Boston Globe reported Thursday.
Hill said he was shocked when Parker, who recognized the family's accents, asked them to say "Leominster," which neighbors Lunenburg in Massachusetts, instead of "cheese."
The men began talking and soon brought up the name Dickie Halligan and they shocked one another when they both identified him as their father.
"I can't really put it into words," Parker said. "If I had to, I would say it was chilling, paralyzing, and an out-of-body experience all at once."
Hill expressed a similar sentiment.
"To find a brother midway through life is weird. We spent the last week together, just getting acquainted," he said.