A fresh snack that takes 5 minutes to prepare …1 turn mango, 2 tablespoon lime juice, 1/2 onion, 2 tablespoon red belle peppers, 2 to 3 tablespoon cilantro, salt to taste… option of Habanero maybe added. Served with corn chips
Emilio Nathaniel Thomas was born, and lives in Dangriga, Belize. He is a talented singer-songwriter who has been performing Paranda music for 13 years.
Paranda is both a rhythm and a genre of music, its the music of the Garifuna people and its performed solely on acoustic instruments, namely the guitar, Garifuna drums, shakers, and turtle shells.
Emilio is passionate about keeping this style of music alive, and this comes through in his performance. Much of what he sings has been written himself, he says “my music is about togetherness and awareness of the goodness in life!” Its telling a folklore story which usually has a moral. His favorite song to sing is Yurumeina “because it reminds me of where I came from and how far I can go, by just believing, you can make it happen.”
His biggest musical inspiration is Aurelio Martinez, aka Aurelio, a well known Garifuna musician from Honduras, with roots in Garifuna culture.
Affectionately known as “Sasamu Garifuna” which means “wise”, one of his biggest accomplishments was touring through Europe in 2014 with the Garifuna Collectives, they performed in 10 countries over a period of 2 months.
In 2013 Emilio, had graduated from college and had been teaching music for almost 2 years when he decided to give everything up – why….? Because he needed to find his true self, the 6 months spent alone, played an instrumental role in shaping who he is as an artist and as an individual today. “I needed to take some time off to find my identity”. Emilio is seen as the next Paranda Icon in Belize, but with so many different opportunities coming his way he is still incredibly dedicated to his kids at Dellie Acadamy.
He is driven by his music, takes pride in his building his craft, loves sharing with others and learning more each day. In the future he would like to be touring different countries, sharing his music, culture and country with the rest of the world. But for now you can see Emilio every Sunday night, performing his favorite songs right here at Hamanasi from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
We had a fantastic lionfish catch for 2015 Thanks to all the guest and staff that helped to achieve our goal. Total lionfish slaughtered 5056 lionfish. We set an ambitious goal of 5000 and achieved it more than doubling the total killed in 2014.
Since Hamanasi started keeping records of the lionfish culling we have increased our numbers every year.
2012 = 875
2013 = 1214
2014 = 2447
2015 = 5056
As you can see in 2014 we more than doubled out total from 2013 and in 2015 we more than doubled 2014. New Goal for 2016 is 10,000 in an attempt to double 2015 but we am confident we can reach another historical number, 6500!
On a fun side note when we reach 408 fish killed this year it will be our 10,000 recorded lionfish kill. When we reach 5408 this year it will be our 15,000 recorded lionfish killed.
“You have made our stay amazing in so many ways! Every detail from friendly service to a warm smile. Perfect!”
Kevin and Brenda Walker, Boynton Beach, FL
“This place is top notch. Wonderful people, accommodations and beautiful scenery. This ranks at the top of my vacations – just keep up the great work, I will return.”
Jon and Marissa Palmer, San Antonio TX
“Felt like we were at the Ritz Carlton. Every need was anticipated and taken care of before we even asked.”
Kathryn and Mitch Drew, Rye, NH
“What a perfect experience. Perfect balance of reef and jungle.”
Laura and John Little, Cambridge, MA
“LOVE that you are eco-friendly, that was a big reason we booked here. Great that you are expanding to solar, water collection, etc.
Jennifer and Scott Bullard, Truckee, CA
“You guys have a wonderful resort with the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Tyler and Kendal McCarty, West End, NC
“We loved how everything was! Keep doing what you are doing!
Riley and Catherine Weaver, Glenn Allen, MS
“You guys do an awesome job greeting people and knowing their names. Love their efforts and programs in place for composting and recycling.”
Jacob Hardi and Family, Camarillo, CA
“Everyone was friendly, all made me feel at home.”
Judy Cowan, Boynton Beach, FL
“I didn’t realize all the eco-friendly efforts of Hamanasi but loved reading and hearing about. The gardens all impressive, you have inspired me to be more eco-friendly. I love the water bottle concept. The citrus basil water was so yummy.”
Krista Laperle, Worthington, OH
“Keep getting feedback from your guests and holding yourself to the highest standard. There is a reason your resort is the best! Great service all around.”
Ariel and Jamie Dalton, Hunting Beach, CA
“You have done a great job. You mastered the resort/excursion/relaxation vacation experience. We were extremely impressed how everyone made efforts to know our names. How special you exceed expectations!”
Amy Bender, Forthworth, TX
Evan, affectionately known around the dive team as “Groovy”, is one of Hamanasi’s newest snorkeling guides. A certified Belize Tour Guide, Evan joined the Hamanasi marine team in March 2014, bringin his big smile and even bigger personality with him. Coming from Hopkins village, Evan, as well as his friends, has a passion for diving and removing the dreaded lionfish from our reefs…..as well as a nice cold afternoon beer. Over the last year Evan has made a real impact on the marine team, dedicating his time to furthering his dive training, completing his rescue diver earlier this year, and is now just days away from becoming a certified PADI Divemaster.
“Everything was perfect!”
Jim Blairs & Jenny Weyler, Shrewsburg, MA
“We were constantly amazed by the green efforts around the grounds and loved every moment.”
Anna Robinson & Nico Ager, Brooklyn. NY
“Awesome to see a resort doing everything they can to conserve this beautiful place.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed out visit. We were able to relax, rest and unplug. Thank You!”
Melissa & Tom Skiavo, Alexandria, VA
Travis and Sina Pelleymounter, Tampa, FL
“Continue your excellent service to guests and community. We loved it here J.”
Vince Colunga, Austin, TX
“Your staff is special – it was so wonderful to be recognized by name and have our preferences remembered.”
Janet & Boyce Fender, Hockessin, DE
“Everyone is always smiling and greeting made us feel at home. Gave personal service. Had a wonderful vacation! Thank you Hamanasi!”
Sanjiv & Hema Bhakta, Biloxi, MS
“Quite amazing! Everything was perfect!
Margaret Kerr, United Kingdom
“Your doing such an amazing job.”
Brad & Chelsea Gruters, Flagstaff, AZ
“Lovely to know they are doing so much to promote preservation of this beautiful country and tis natural resources.”
Steve & Julia Liska, Chicago, IL
“There was nothing we would have changed. Hamanasi made our honeymoon the best we could have imagined. Thank you!
Megan & Steven Reese, Rio Osso, CA
“Hard to improve on perfection. We are in the travel and service industry and we know how difficult it is to achieve what you have here at Hamanasi!”
Blane & Stephanie Henderson, Elmhurst, IL
“We were totally impressed by this resort but the eco-friendliness of this resort took it to the highest. You are doing the best, keep on doing it.”
Zahra Boostani, Moraga, CA
“It is nice to see the resort taking steps to protect the environment. It is definitely the most eco-friendly resort/hotel we have every stayed at.”
Ed and Casey Steinmetz,
“Keep doing what you are doing! We don’t want to go home.”
Stephanie Price, Philadelphia, PA
“I believe other resorts can learn from Hamanasi’s management and over all style.”
Ken and Kelly Miller, Lufkin, TX
“I honestly could not think of any way you could improve the service. I always appreciate a facility that someway encourages water conservation.”
Mark Richardson, Austin, TX
“Love it like it is. Wonderful to involve staff in community service.”
Robbie & Ronnie McGill, Queen Creek, AZ
“Thanks for a great time. I love Hamanasi! Love all the “green” touches. I learned how to green at home in many ways.”
Greg & Kathie Horman, Poway, CA
“You guys are super! We felt such wonderful hospitality.”
Bill & Tammy Woods, Stillwater, OK
Pascal & Caroline Fragniere, Switzerland
“We loved our stay and Hamanasi’s little touches that make it feel extra special. The private dinner, the massage package, the adorable ways the napkins are folded. Wonderful service and a beautiful resort!”
Ann & Grant Fraistat, College Park, MD
“Keep doing what you’re doing! Thank you for a wonderful trip. I really applaud all your attention to detail on the green efforts and education. Really makes the resort stand out and puts you at the trip of the list for a return trip.”
Shelly & Miguel Gorordo, Saint Petersburg, FL
Our wonderful team is made up of so many exceptional individuals and we want to introduce just some of them to you.
This month we would like you to meet Kenneth. Kenneth, or John as some people know him, has been working at Hamanasi as a part of our bar and restaurant staff for 5 years. He can always be found sharing a good conversation with guests while he whisks up a new cocktail concoction for them.
Originally from San Ignacio in the Cayo district of Belize, Kenneth has a passion for travel and often does just that in his free time. That is, of course when he is not simply enjoying some time with his gorgeous son and step-daughter.
As like any bartender, Kenneth is always ready to offer a recommendation if you cannot quite decide for form of hydration you would like. His favourite drink is his ‘King Kong’ because, he says, it is just a deliciously perfect dessert cocktail!
On November 13th, 2015 our Excective Chef Marcia Nunez and Sous Chef Jane Martinez both Garifuna Hopkins natives competed with Belcampo Lodge, Walucos, Aasha’s Kitchen, Laru Beya and Jaguar Reef Lodge for a culinary battle celebrating Garifuna Garinagu Cuisine to which we walked away as the Gran Price Winners. Main course was pan seared Baruru with #lionfish along side calaloo and chaya dressed in coconut milk. Dessert was a cassava crème brule and the drink was “Sahua” with fever crossed and a dash of brandy.
Even with the weather conditions of down pour rain, wind and limited kitchen accessories the girls kept their wits and were are so proud of you Marcia and Jane for a job well done. Hamanasi is so proud to have in both in their team!