Kua Bay lifeguard bill advances farthest it’s been

  • A visitor gets slammed by a wave at Maniniowali, also known as Kua Bay earlier this month. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)
  • There are currently no lifeguards at the increasingly popular Kua Bay, also known as Maniniowali. (Photos by Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • A boogie boarder flips in a wave at Kua Bay earlier this month.

  • A boogie boarder catches a wave at Maniniowali, also known as Kua Bay earlier this month. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

  • Boogie boarders catch a wave at Maniniowali, also known as Kua Bay. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today, file)

KAILUA-KONA — For the first time since Big Island legislators began seeking lifeguards for Kua Bay in 2013, a measure to secure life-saving personnel for the site was heard and passed by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.