Funding for lifeguards at Hapuna and Kua Bay in peril

  • A minivan searches for a parking spot Saturday at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officer looks out over Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area Saturday in South Kohala.

  • Visitors and residents alike flock to Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area on Saturday. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officer looks out over Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area Saturday in South Kohala. Funding for lifeguards at Hapuna, as well as Kua Bay, is in peril. Both beaches are frequents among Top 10 lists, including Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor. Hapuna was ranked No. 7 by Dr. Beach in 2020. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Funding for lifeguards at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, as well as Kua Bay, is in peril. Both beaches are frequents among Top 10 lists, including Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor. Hapuna was ranked No. 7 by Dr. Beach in 2020. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Funding for lifeguards at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, as well as Kua Bay, is in peril. Both beaches are frequents among Top 10 lists, including Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor. Hapuna was ranked No. 7 by Dr. Beach in 2020. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • Funding for lifeguards at Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area, as well as Kua Bay, is in peril. Both beaches are frequents among Top 10 lists, including Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor. Hapuna was ranked No. 7 by Dr. Beach in 2020. (Photos by Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officer posts a hazard flag warning Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area beachgoers of conditions Saturday at the popular beach park in South Kohala. (Photos by Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

Time is ticking to secure a funding source for lifeguard services at two popular but perilous state beach parks in West Hawaii.