Who is Walter A. Dods, Jr.?
Walter Dods was born in Honolulu just before Pearl Harbor, the first of seven children in a close-knit family that struggled to pay its bills. From those modest beginnings, Dods grew to play a role in the modern history of Hawaii. He helped to sustain a political dynasty through his work for the campaigns of Gov. George Ariyoshi and Sen. Dan Inouye. He built the state's largest and most successful business, First Hawaiian Bank/BancWest Corporation. His focus on community service and charitable fundraising has helped to support a society too often fractured by the divide between an immigrant, plantation past and the more modern forces of contemporary America.
Dods is the Chairman of Matson, Inc., and was previously the Chairman of the Board of the First Hawaiian Bank in 2008. Dods also serves on the boards of Bancwest Corporation, Bank of the West, First Hawaiian Bank, Hawaiian Telcom, Pacific Guardian Life, Par Pacific Holdings Inc., Pohaku Pa'a, and Servco Pacific Inc. He also serves on several civic and community boards throughout the state, including Chaminade University of Honolulu. In 2004, Dods was awarded an imperial honor from the Government of Japan, the Order of the Rising Sun, with Gold and Silver Star. Dods is a graduate of St. Louis High School, and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Univeristy of Hawaii.
What did I learn?
I was given the great opportunity through the Shidler College of Business to attend the "Kipapa i ke Ala lecture series." It was a Q and A between the Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship Susan Yamada and the Chairman of Matson, Inc. Walter A. Dods, Jr.
The highlights of the speaker series to me can be summed up into three points.
BELOW ARE MY NOTES FROM THE EVENT
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Full video of event: http://www.hawaii.edu/itunesu/vid/?/video-op/productions/PACE_Kipapa-Dods.mov
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