Young author honored for children’s book with important message

Courtesy photo The cover of "Tita the Turtle," a children's book written by Ka‘u High School student Malie Ibarra.
From left, Paula Chun of the Hawaii Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Jessie Marques, director of the Ka‘u Rural Health Community Association, Tanya Ibarra, "Tita the Turtle" author Malie Ibarra, Gov. David Ige and Dr. Virginia Pressler, director of the state Department of Health. (Courtesy photo)

HILO — A Ka‘u High School student was honored by Gov. David Ige for writing a children’s book about abusive relationships.