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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, April 14, 2002

D'Olier the man behind Kaka'ako development

By Andrew Gomes
Advertiser Staff Writer

Mitch D'Olier has been the chief architect behind Victoria Ward's urban village development plan in Kaka'ako.

The former attorney and airline boss says he has made no arrangements for another possible career move, and will be among 72 employees evaluated by General Growth Properties Inc., which expects to become Victoria Ward's new owner by the end of July.

D'Olier, 55, moved to Hawai'i from Iowa in 1972, joined the local law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel as an associate in 1972 and later became partner and a management committee member.

He became president and chief operating officer of Hawaiian Airlines in 1991, helping lead the severely troubled airline through massive financial restructuring. He left in May 1993 four months before the carrier filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

During his tenure at Hawaiian, D'Olier became a Victoria Ward director and was elected president and chief executive officer in July 1993.

Victoria Ward Ltd. directors

• Mitch D'Olier

Victoria Ward president and chief executive officer

• Doug Philpotts

Victoria Ward vice president; retired president of Hawaiian Trust Co.

• Jeffrey Dinsmore

Victoria Ward chief financial officer

• Frank Hustace Jr.

Local attorney; Victoria Ward secretary; descendant of Victoria Ward founders

• Ed Hustace

Former Victoria Ward managing director; descendent of Victoria Ward founders

• Richard Dahl

Former Bank of Hawaii president; trustee for Victoria Ward's majority shareholder

• William Aull

Hawai'i Pacific University board chairman; retired Hawaiian Trust Co. president and chief executive officer