While we were closed in September for yearly renovations, Dive Master Shawn Lozano better known as “C-Dog” took time out of his vacation to go to Honduras and attend the PADI Instructor Development Course with Utila Divers. The course is run by Andy Phillips and it took two weeks to complete. It entailed long days of class and water works culminating in a two day exam which he sailed thru. C-Dog has now join the ranks of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and he is very enthusiastic for this coming season as a Hamanasi Instructor. He is looking forward to creating fantastic new divers and impart his knowledge of the marine environment with his new students. Hamanasi is very proud of his efforts and wishes him the best of luck!
The Belize Tourism Board held its tourism industry awards ceremony June 10th, 2010, and Hopkins Village received the award for “Destination of the Year”! Hamanasi Resort, also located in Hopkins Village, was recognized for its excellent ecologically friendly and sustainability practices and its attaining official Green Globe Certification. Congratulations to all of the people and businesses that have worked hard to make Hopkins a unique and culturally stimulating destination!
Hamanasi is very proud to announce the election of one of its very own… inland guide, Ashford “Golden” Miranda, is one of the newly elected Hopkins Village Council Representative. Village elections were held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, and Golden was announced one of the six council seat winners around 11:30 p.m. later that night. Golden will be a wonderful representative for the people of Hopkins, and we all look forward to great things from him. His position on the Council is a three-year term that begins one week from the date of the elections.
Hamanasi Becomes Belize’s First Beachfront Property to Achieve Green Globe Certification
Hopkins, Belize – April 19, 2010 – It’s official – Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort has just earned the prestigious title as Belize’s first-ever Green Globe Certified beachfront property. Based in Hopkins, the eco-resort has been dedicated to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards since its inception in 2000. The Green Globe recognition, which is a highly regarded and selective certification process, is an epic benchmark in Belize’s steadfast effort to build itself as a responsible tourism destination.
“In an effort to avoid the travel industry’s ‘green washing’ label, we felt passionately about being part of a program that was serious and reputable,” said Dana Krauskopf, owner of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort. “That passion ultimately translated into Hamanasi earning the coveted Green Globe Certification. Not only does our new achievement exemplify that Hamanasi puts the environment first; it also shows the staff, guests and public that Hamanasi is deeply committed to its green/sustainability initiatives.”
From the beginning, Hamanasi owners David and Dana Krauskopf’s number one priority was protecting the environment. In fact, one of their early efforts included developing a mission statement to include their commitment to the environment, which eventually evolved into Hamanasi’s eco-mission statement. That initial pledge to Mother Nature was followed by the immediate implementation of efforts including hiring and developing local staff, keeping as much of the native plants and eco system as possible, including an 11 acre nature reserve, and designing to ensure maximum natural light and air flow. Over the years, Hamanasi has steadily strengthened its eco and sustainability initiatives, and continues to do so.
“Hamanasi will continue to aggressively pursue its environmental and sustainability goals,” commented Krauskopf. “We plan to introduce solar power in our new guest units, invest in a new grey water system and implement other earth friendly, energy saving efforts. Beginning this June we’ll expand our organic garden, and our efforts to actively engage in activities that support the surrounding communities will continue.”
Hamanasi’s specially appointed “Green Team” implements and oversees every eco-friendly effort, every step of the way. From facility, food & beverage and office accomplishments, to special efforts regarding tours, marketing and the community, the Green Team is dedicated to ensuring that the environment surrounding Hamanasi remains protected.
“Becoming Green Globe Certified has been a challenging and rewarding journey, ever since we set it as the Green Team’s primary Goal back in January 2007,” said Andrew Usher, General Manager of Hamanasi. “We look forward to improving upon and extending our green efforts into sustainable, long term goals for Hamanasi’s staff and guests alike.”
As a part of Hamanasi’s new continuing education and engagement efforts for staff and guests, the Green Team is making plans to launch new guest education programs to include topics like the importance of being green and sustainable, background on wildlife and nature, Mayan history, and Belizean cultures. The property is also working on developing onsite displays which provide more information about the diverse eco habitats on-property, and has already revealed an improved pond habitat, which serves as home base for crocodiles, turtles, fish and birds.
Hamanasi officially started working towards Green Globe Certification on September 3, 2009. The eco-resort was officially certified on April 7, 2010. For more information about Hamanasi’s community involvement and efforts to keep Belize green, visit www.Hamanasi.com.
About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is the worldwide sustainability certification based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and operates in over 83 countries. Green Globe is the only certification company to be an affiliate member of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), is partly owned by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and a member of the Caribbean Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (CAST) governing council. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com.
Hamanasi is very excited to announce the launch of our new blog “Hamanasi Happenings”! The new and improved look is beautiful, user-friendly, and you can send interesting posts straight to Facebook and Twitter and see a spectacular photo gallery in Flickr. So check it out and spread the word!
The Hamanasi Team
The Organization of American States in collaboration with the Belize Tourism Board …
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Belize Tourism Board (BTB), in conjunction with the Culinary Institute of America, has been undertaking an ambitious program of training Belizean cooks to become Certified Chefs. In December 2009, 10 participants from a group of 18 passed the exam, which has afforded them the title of “Certified Culinarians”. Hamanasi’s very own Marcia Nunez is one of the newly certified participants! the graduates are now embarking on the Certified Chef De Cuisine Program, after which they will be come Belize’s first native Certified Chefs. This certification will be conferred by the Culinary Institute of America based in New York.
TripAdvisor announced their top 10 “eco-mmodations” in honor of earth day – Hamanasi was named number 1. Needless to say we were deeply honored and we will work even harder from now on to live up to the honor. From the press release:
In the Spirit of Earth Day, we honor the Top 10 most Eco-Friendly hotels…
#1 Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort: Eco-Adventure: Set on 21 acres of coastal forest, this eco-resort’s green practices ensurethat nothing goes to waste, from composting all vegetable and fruit scraps tousing old linens as cleaning rags. In addition, the resort’s dive adventures educate guests to minimize the negative impact of human contact with the environment. According to one TripAdvisor traveler, “The fact that the resort advocated reusing towels, limiting sheet changing and using the surrounding natural beauty made us feel that we were contributing to the preservation of Belize.”
There were 9 other fantastic leaders in sustainable tourism on the list – check them out here.
Everyone at Hamanasi is very proud of our 2009 Travelers’ Choice Awards! We were chosen by Trip Advior based upon real guests’ reviews, so this award is a great compliment, and validates the hard work that everyone on staff has put in. It’s great to know we are appreciated and we’ll work even harder to live up to this award.