First Hawaiian Inc. said its shareholders voted overwhelmingly Friday to approve the planned merger with BancWest Corp., San Francisco, a unit of Banque Nationale de Paris.

The planned merger, which is subject to federal and state regulatory approvals, is expected to close during the fourth quarter, the bank said.

The combined company would be known as BancWest Corp., reflecting its regional scope. It would be headquartered in Honolulu, with administrative offices in San Francisco.

First Hawaiian has $8.2 billion of assets; BancWest has $6.0 billion.

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