From Ukraine to the Big Island with aloha

KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald Margarita Obodovska, top left, Daria Obodovska, top right, Yelyzaveta Obodovska, bottom left, and Emily pose Friday in front of the Ukrainian flag at the Honokaa Hongwanji Mission. The family had to flee and emigrate to Poland until they secured a visa to the U.S. Margarita’s sister, Olena, and Emily have been helping the family acclimate.

Honokaa is 12,454 miles away from Ukraine, but the two places have a new connection thanks to a generous community.