HONOLULU - Thwarted in its most recent attempt to acquire a bigger presence on the mainland and running out of ways to achieve substantial growth in its home markets, BancWest Corp. is readying itself for a second push eastward.

"We see the future of the company in the western United States," Walter A. Dods Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of BancWest, said during an interview last week in his office overlooking Honolulu Harbor and the Pacific Ocean.

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