New year, new fight for Kua Bay lifeguards

  • Visitors catch a wave at Kua Bay, also known as Manini Owali, on Friday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • The state is improving access at Manini Owali, or Kua Bay, which does not have lifeguards.

  • A new stairway access is being built at Kua Bay, also known as Manini Owali, which does not have lifeguards. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors wait to catch a wave at Kua Bay, also known as Manini Owali, on Friday.

  • There are currently no lifeguards at the increasingly popular Kua Bay, also known as Manini Owali. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Visitors catch a wave at Kua Bay on Friday.

KAILUA-KONA — A bill to fund lifeguards at a popular, yet perilous, North Kona beach passed its first reading in the state House.