Bill would partially restore lifeguard funding

  • A Hawaii County Ocean Safety Officer looks out over Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area in mid-February 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)

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

State Senators are set to take up Thursday the House’s proposed two-year budget bill that restores some funding for lifeguard services at five state beach parks, including two on the Big Island.