Walter A. Dods Jr.

The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) will host a Kīpapa i ke Ala lecture on February 16, featuring Walter A. Dods, Jr., chairman of Matson, Inc. and author of Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaiʻi. Dods will sit down for a rare interview with PACE Executive Director Susan Yamada, and take questions from the audience immediately following the interview.

“I am excited to get to know Walter, and ask him to share his experiences about his rise to the top in Hawaiʻi’s corporate world,” said Yamada. “I plan to point to fascinating stories from his book and extract his thoughts about being intrapreneurial and innovative within a corporation.”

Dods retired as chairman of the board of First Hawaiian Bank in 2008. He currently serves as chairman of Matson, Inc. and as trustee to the Estate of Samuel Mills Damon. He continues to serve on many corporate and civic boards.

Event details

The lecture will be held at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaiʻi’s Mānoa Grand Ballroom. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with the lecture starting at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the audience will be given the chance to pose questions to Dods.

Immediately following the lecture, his book, Yes! A Memoir of Modern Hawaiʻi, will be available for purchase at a discounted price of $10. Dods will also remain after the lecture to meet audience members and sign the book.

The lecture is free and open to the public. To register online, visit the PACE website.

About the lecture series

The Kīpapa i ke Ala Lecture Series was created in 2001 to help create an understanding of how the state may benefit from the fast-paced changes in the worldwide marketplace. Kīpapa i ke Ala translates into “paving the way,” which is a befitting title for the lectures that bring the best and brightest from the world of international business to share their knowledge with students, faculty and members of the greater Hawaiʻi community. The lecture series is generously funded by John and Franci Davidson and the Emmett R. Quady Foundation.