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Oahu Woman Gives Birth To Hawaii’s First Set Of Quintuplets

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Today, Marcie and Raymond Dela Cruz are not just the proud parents of a two-year-old and a newborn, but a two-year-old and five newborns!

On Saturday, Marcie gave birth to a set of quintuplets in the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The babies are the first quintuplets to be born in the hospital. 

But that’s not the only record they’re setting.

Kamalii, Kapena, Ka’olu, Keahi, and Kupono are also the first quintuplets to be born in the state of Hawaii!

The four boys and one girl were conceived via in vitro fertilization.

“I really just wanted a little brother or sister for him,” the proud momma said, talking about the couple’s desire to provide a playmate for their son, Makaio. 

But the couple got more than they bargained for when one implanted embryo split not just once, but twice.

If an embryo splits, the result is identical twins. But in Marcie’s case, one embryo split twice resulted in four identical boys! While five identical siblings are known to have existed, we’re still amazed by the couple’s good luck!

The Honolulu hospital started preparing for the historic birth ten weeks prior and started birth simulations two to three weeks before Marcie’s expected due date. At the time of birth, almost twenty-nine weeks into her pregnancy, up to thirty people were present in the delivery room. The babies were differentiated by letters attached to the nurses’ uniforms!

All five babies are healthy and will remain in the hospital for another two to three months. Despite some breathing problems, which are expected in similar situations, they will be perfectly fine! We can’t wait to see Marcie and Raymond hold their babies for the first time.

The couple joked about what they would do to tell the babies apart.

“They really do look the same,” exclaimed Marcie.

Watch to video to find out their ingenious method!

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