Budget woes could shutter Youth Challenge Academy

  • KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald file photo Cadets separate themselves before marching into their commencement ceremony at the National Guard Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo on June 18, 2020.

Don’t close the book on the Hawaii National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo just yet — although a presentation by the state’s adjutant general to lawmakers earlier in the week gave the impression the program is dead in the budgetary water.