The accident occurred at the Kauai Club at Kukuiula when the pool was being used for an employee event attended by nearly 500 guests.
The drowning victim was Trixia Mich Soliva, the granddaughter of Club at Kukuiula employee Roger Soliva.
“We are grief stricken,” Kukuiula Development Company President Brent Herrington said. “It feels like we have lost a member of the Kukuiula ohana, and obviously, we feel the most profound sadness and express our condolences to the Soliva family.”
Kauai Fire Department personnel from the Koloa station responded to the call at about 12:15 p.m. Witnesses observed a child motionless underwater in the swimming pool and called 911, according to the report.
The bystanders pulled the child from the water and were performing CPR when firefighters and medics arrived. Rescuers continued attempts to resuscitate the girl, including use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Sadly it is believed that there was no lifeguard on duty, which could have prevented this child from drowning.
Those attempts, county spokesperson Sarah Blane said, were unsuccessful and the girl was transported to Wilcox Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Kukuiula is a tight-knit group, said Herrington, who added that the company is conducting meetings to help people through the grieving process.
“There are many people who care about this family,” he said. Life’s Bridges Director Gina Kaulukukui said she will be meeting with the girl’s family for grief counseling and family support.