Dana Point Businessman Honored With Tourism Award

A true pioneer of fishing and whale watching is honored with the Legacy award from the Orange County Tourism Committee.

Don Hansen a true pioneer in the tourism industry was recognized on May 11 by the Orange County Tourism Committee and given the OCTC's highest honor, the Legacy Award.

Hansen is not only the founder of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching but he is also someone who helped pioneer whale watching in California. In the process, he helped to establish Dana Point as one of the most popular places to whale watch. Dana Wharf through Hansen's leadership has been running daily sportfishing trips since the Dana Point Harbor opened in 1971.

As if this were not enough, he has given back to the community in almost every way possible. In short, he brought people together to enjoy the ocean while promoting tourism the the area.

He said, " I am truly honored to receive this award and realize now the impact what we do has on the industry as a whole." 

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jay elder May 22, 2011 at 04:46 AM
Great recognition for a visionary. Mr. Hansen employed many youths over the years, some whom have gone and made great careers at sea. Many of us who decked and skipper there back in the day have fond memories of San Clemente pier and of coarse Dana Harbor when it was first put into operation. A lot of us owe a great deal to Don for being there while we grew up and guiding us as as we matured into adulthood. Keep up the good work. Thanks Don for all you have done these may years. Jay Elder Portland, OR
Donna Kalez May 22, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Thanks Jay. I will pass it on to my dad! We were in Portland a few months back and had a great time


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