‘Extremely grateful’: Family from Ukraine escapes war, feeling welcome on the Big Island

  • Maksym Koloson, his wife Karina (right) and daughter Lina (left) pose for a photo at their current home in Pahala. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Maksym Koloson, his wife Karina (right) and daughter Lina (left) pose for a photo at their current home in Pahala. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Maksym Koloson and daughter Lina made for a special moment posing for a photo during 2020 in Ukraine. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • Maksym Koloson (right) speaks on a cellphone as daughter Lina (left) eats Cup Noodles at the U.S.-Mexico border on April 1. (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Maksym Koloson, his wife Karina and 12-year-old daughter Lina fled Eastern Ukraine as Russia’s attack began in February and have landed on the Big Island after two months of traveling.