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Brothers reunited after decades apart

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

In 1957 singer Pat Boone made a hit out of a song called "Love Letters in the Sand." It was written by Charles Kenny. That was before his three sons grew up and grew apart. Two remained close but one went his own way.

"I fell off the map. I was traveling a different road, one where isolation was good for me," Kevin Kenny said.

He joined the U.S. Marines, fought in Vietnam, and put his siblings out his life for 47 years.

Older brothers John and Charles searched for him, but there are a lot of Kevin Kenny's in the world.

"I actually hired a smart private investigator, and he couldn't find him," John Kenny said.

They were about to give up when they found Kevin on his wife's social media site.

"They found her on Facebook," he said. "There was a picture when we were in Las Vegas."

A phone call confirmed it. Relationships were rekindled.

Last week John and Kevin reunited at Honolulu International Airport. They were 15 and 21 the last time they were face to face. They are now in their 60s.

"It's crazy because we've been inseparable for the last ten days," John Kenny said.

The Kenny's mother, Joy Hathaway, was an actress on Broadway and in old black and white movies. After she died, their father remarried and moved away with Kevin. That's where the separation started.

Now the brothers have a lot of catching up to do.

"I swear to God. We talked for ten hours," John Kenny said.

"One memory triggers another," Kevin Kenny said. "As we're speaking, one person will say one facet of an experience, and that will be a little opener."

There are 47 years worth of ground to cover, but there are no hard feelings.

"I don't do, 'I coulda, shoulda, woulda,'" Kevin Kenny said. "I just now know that that's going to make a difference now, because it'll give me more balance."

Asked what they think their mom and dad would say, John Kenny said, "They would say, 'Why the hell didn't you do this sooner?'"

"I love my brothers, and I want to get to know them," Kevin Kenny said.

After 47 years they have that chance. Better late than never.

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