“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2014″

“Every single staff member that crossed my path truly made my stay the best that if could be.  I really felt that I was part of a family.”

Bianca Brehen, Astoria, NY

“Great job! Very nice and relaxing.  Very responsive staff.  Thanks so much.”

Anne Robertson and Family, Marion, MA

“Everything was amazing.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I loved all the eco efforts being made with the local food system.”

Jennifer and Damon Miller, Denver, CO

“Your service was outstanding!”

Emily and Chris Walker, Odessa, TX

“Love, Love, Love your Eco-friendly efforts!  One of the reasons I chose this resort for our first trip to Belize.  Everything was unbelizable!”

Amanda and Walter Evans, Eugene, OR

“Continue to invest in and develop your people – focused culture of excellence.  Well done and thanks!”

Charles and Branda Reed, Warm Springs, VA

“The service is perfect – keep doing exactly what you’re doing!”

Fredrick & Carolyn Stewart, Charlston, SC

“Service was top-notch!  Joy to stay at a resort that understands people are here to see nature and takes efforts to preserve it.”

Kerri Crawford, Saint Louis, MO

“Staying here was a dream! The rooms/grounds are gorgeous and the staff was eager to make our stay the best experience possible.”

Katie and Robert Bursley, Shreveport, LA

“Stay green! Live Sustainable! Their passion for what they do, their love of their country and their love for nature, that fever was contagious.”

Joseph Reeder, Colombia, MI

“2nd Annual Hamanasi Back To School Fest In Hopkins”

On Sunday 20th July 2014 Hamanasi’s Green Team held the 2nd Annual Back To School Fest in Hopkins Village. This year we started off by having Ms. Charlotte Garnet very kindly lead all the kids in singing the Belize national anthem to formally open the Fest. Then we had educational talks by special guest speakers.

bird talkMs. Celeshia Guy, Manager of Belize Bird Rescue and Ms. Lauren Whitfield, an intern gave a very informative talk about keeping birds and information about the 9 different parrots that are found in Belize. They made it fun for all and even got audience participation by getting the kids to read out the different types of parrots.

Fest 4  manatee needs your helpThen Mr. Jamal Galves, a Manatee Research Associate at Sea 2 Shore Alliance/Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute spoke about Manatees that are found in the waters in Belize especially around Hopkins and introduced the kids to a prize wheel where if they answered a question correctly about the information they had just been taught they had a chance to spin the wheel to win a whole host of different prizes.

There was then a safety talk by PC Claudious Cardinez regarding curfew times, reminding kids to not just jump in anyone’s car and also that double ride is actually against the law. After talks from our guest speakers we had 2 talks by our very own Green Team members!

CPRFirst off we had a CPR demonstration by our newly qualified Emergency First Response Instructor Mr. Martin Carr who taught the kids what to do if they see an accident and how to do CPR until the emergency medical service arrives.

Then Mr. Juan Tun, Hamanasi’s very own green fingered organic gardener, explained to all the kids and parents that growing plants at home is neither hard nor expensive. You can create simple compost using left over food scraps, garden waste and old seaweed washed up on the beach. Also you don’t need to buy expensive plant pots, simply use the inside of a toilet roll to plant seeds and then when the seed has sprouted you can use the remains of a coconut for the plants to continue to grow.

Great information from all our special guest speakers!

After the speakers Hopkins School Principal Ms. Seferina Castillo handed out the backpacks stuffed to the brim with school supplies for the neediest children in Hopkins Village.

Games 1 gamesIn the afternoon all the kids joined in with many games that were held on the beach to win school supply prizes including, three legged race, running race, marble and spoon race and sack race. For those that weren’t feeling so energetic we had a colouring in table for the kids to complete the activity sheet kindly given to all of them by Belize Bird Rescue. At the end of the day all the kids had a great time and every single attendee went home with lots of school supplies donated by Hamanasi’s very kind guests.Kids back packs

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2014″

“Everyone was kind and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and having a good time.”

Phil Wilson and Christina Mensah, Greensboro, NC

“Service was excellent.  It seems like the Staff/Management thought of everything.”

Lauren and Cabeb Chess, Columbia, SC

“I thought the service was outstanding.”

Joe Gulling and Family, Rexnoldsburg, OH

“All the staff were super friendly and they were all really very nice to us all the time 24-7.”

Scott Bauer and Family, Ashville, NY

“We loved our week here.  Thank you for making our honeymoon better than you could have imagined!”

Jess Kazaks and Branson Fields, Dever, CL

“You have done it all extremely well!”

Kurtis Singleton, Marblefalls, TX

“All is amazing and makes the vacation worth it and enjoyable.”

Madison Cougill and Family, Maumelle, AR

“Nicest place + best service we’ve every had!  Thank You”

Linda and Shannon Gray, Venice, CA

“Overall a great experience and stay.”

Socratis Mamalis, Brooklyn, NY

‘Thanks to all involved in making our wedding so very special!”

Ashley and Edward De La Garza, Conroe, TX

“I think we generated less trash here than anywhere we’ve ever stayed – so appreciate your efforts to be Eco-friendly to your country.”

Teri Szafran and Family, Pensacola, FL

 

 

 

 

“Green Team Go Fest Crazy!”

Grean team 3The Green Team have had a busy couple of months attending both the Easter Fest in Hopkins in April and the Cacao Fest in Punta Gorda in May.

Both Fests resulted in us having very popular stalls that was busy all day! We had Sustainability Q’s where people could find the answers by reading all the information displayed all around the Green Team booth. Once they gave us the correct answer they had the chance to pick a prize out of our lucky dip. There were water bottles, school supplies, backpacks, t-shirts, and even bottles of champagne to win! We also had a lionfish themed word search for the younger ones.

Along with the chance of winning items, visitors also had the chance of buying some organic produce, as well as plants, that Mr Tun had planted into coconut shells. There was also lionfish patties and lionfish ceviche both of which went down an absolute storm which enables us to spread the word that lionfish is not only edible but very tasty too! Thanks again to Audrey and our fantastic chefs for preparing such great lionfish goodies. For both these Fests we decided to also sell chilled husked coconuts, a great thirst quencher on such a hot day! Needless to say we sold out of those too!! All in all 2 fantastic days of spreading the green word to the community both in and outside Hopkins. Thanks again to all that helped out.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2014″

“We had such a wonderful time.  Thank you for making the trip of a lifetime!  We hope to be back soon.”

Ben & Stephanie Miller, Leawood, KS

“Thank you for the awesome experience. Hamanasi made our annual “sisters-friends” get together a vacation we will never forget.  Continue to involve your guests in eco-friendly deeds and efforts to support the community.”

Brenda Richie,  Spring Brandy, TX

“If there is any aspect of service that Hamanasi has not thought of – and nearly perfected, I certainly can’t think of it.  This has been the trip of a lifetime!  Your respect for the environment really shows – BRAVO!”

Charles Huffman, Astoria, NY

“We thoroughly enjoyed our holidays at Hamanasi.”

Susanne & Peter Ditscheid, Germany

“Everyone on staff was very accommodating and friendly.  We really could not have asked for a better honeymoon!”

Nick & Andrea McKay, New Gloucester, ME

“This place is amazing!”

Randy & Cheryl Foreman, Las Vegas, NV

“From the composting to the use of wine bottles and toilet paper rolls.  It seems like you’ve thought of everything.  It’s nice to comet o a resort that is so conscious of water & the environment. It’s rare to find that, but we believe it’s so very important.  The entire staff is incredible. Everyone works so hard and it shows.”

Chris Mecklenburg, Fort Collin, CO

“Entire staff/property was outstanding.  We really enjoyed out stay.  I cannot think of anywhere we’ve received better attention to our every need.”

Wayne & Millie Bechtel, Ridgercrest, CA

“We can’t imagine anyway to improve the service we received at Hamanasi.  It was extremely professional and exceeded our expectations.”

Jennifer & Brandon Brown, Austin, TX

“We have been to many resorts from 1975 thur 2014, Hamanasi is the best!

Rich  & Dee Thomas, Mayrose, WI

 

“Hopkins 10th Annniersary Kite Festival”

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On March 29th, 2014 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Hopkins Kite Fest.  The event start at 10am and there was a kite making workshop for the kids with all school supplies donated by local businesses and community.  In the afternoon everyone was flying their home made and shop bought kites.  The judging took place between 4-5pm and prizes were given out around 6pm.  There were 3 adults prizes, prize for the highest kite and 10 junior prizes.  All kids that were there lined up and got school supplies at the end of the day donated by the local businesses and community  Kit fes 1

Hamanasi Green Team lionfish ceviche went down a storm so much so that we sold out completely, also had organic garden produce, coconuts and fruit squash for sale. We raised over BZ$200 towards our Green Projects.   Kudos to the Hamanasi Green Team that donated time out to help at the booth.

 

“Bike Stand Donation to Hopkins School”

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Chris, our Grounds supervisor and member of the Hamanasi Green Team  had the idea to make a bicycle rack for the school.  With the help of the Maintenance crew donating their time and using the wood from our old dock we were able to meet Chris goal.    It was made from the core values of the Green Team “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”!

We delivered the completed bicycle rack to Holy Family RC School on Wednesday 5th February. Unfortunately the Principal Mrs. Seferina Castillo wasn’t available so Mrs. Anne Martinez an infant class teacher kindly accepted the bike rack on behalf of the School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“2013 Back To School Fest”

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Over 200 kids participated in the ‘Back to School’ Fest!

 The Green Team welcomed over 200 students of Hopkins village, parents and teachers to the first ever ‘Back to School’ Fest hosted by the Green Team members of Hamanasi Resort on Saturday August 24, 2013 at the Catholic Church compound.

Joining Mr. Walton Rodriquez and the rest of the Green Team for the opening ceremony was the principal of the Holy Family RC School, Mrs. Seferina Castillo, who kindly agreed to present the backpacks.

The Fest was abuzz with activities, excitement, competitive spirits of the young ones, free snacks and lively music provide by a member of the community.

The purpose of the fest was to donate backpacks filled with an assortment of school supplies and other educational tools to 30 economically disadvantage/less fortunate kids as well as involving other kids in the community to participate in the different fun activities. The Green Team members also took advantage of the event by getting the kids to make easy eco-friendly mosquito traps to be used in homes and creating awareness of recycle, reduce and reuse practices.

Each kid had a chance to win cool prizes of a variety of school supplies which helped students, teachers and parents get prepared for the new school year.

We gave thanks to all our members and contributors that make this event a success!

 

“HBHS Fall 2013 Newsletter”

hbhs3hbhs2hbhs4hbhs5You are one of the reasons HBHS has had such an amazing year. We set our sights high, and we have been able to achieve our goal….. to date, in 2013 we have spayed and neutered 1031 animals! And with two weekend clinics to go, we know that number will go up.  Having once a month weekend clinics with Dr. Orlando Baptist in addition to our visiting veterinary teams has really impacted the animals of Belize.

On October 17th, HBHS joined forces with Saga Humane Society on the island of San Pedro, targeting the San Mateo neighborhood.  San Mateo is an impoverished area, and HBHS has wanted to work in that area for years. We were finally able to make it happen, and we hope Saga Humane Society will work with us again to help this community.   Dr. Orlando Baptist, Dr. Tonya Pruett and Dr. Linda Leavell worked for two and a half days with the Saga Humane team, treated almost 200 animals and spaying/neutering over 50.  

From San Pedro, we went to Placencia to team up with the Placencia Humane Society for an evening and morning of clinics.  Drs. Baptist, Pruett and Leavell did 13 surgeries and over 35 exams. Then, back to Hopkins to meet up with Dr. Rob Echentile and Dr. Mia Canton for HBHS clinics.   Animal Health Director Joseph Morgan worked with all doctors and volunteers to see that animals were picked up, their needs met, and they were delivered home safely.  Volunteers Kelli & Stephen Blank, and Carol & Brian Gregory spent many hours at the clinic organizing, cleaning, giving out dog food, providing transportation for patients, and making calls to people that needed animal assistance. And professional photographer, Amanda Thielman, was on hand to capture the moments for all of us! 

As Dr. Pruett and Dr. Leavell departed, the next group came it.  Belize veterans Dr. Tina Cone, Anita Beeson and Ramona Hambrick (Carroll Country Vets Without Borders) arrived and jumped right into work, assisting Drs. Echentile and Pruett before going to their room at Villa Verano!  Dr. Cone and Dr. Baptist held clinics in Hopkins, while I went to San Ignacio to assist with a six vet “mega clinic” set up by Humberto Wohlers of the Belize Zoo.  And what a weekend it was!  Dr. Cone and Baptist were working in the flood waters in Hopkins, Drs. Edwardo Tesecum, Jorge Lopez, Isabelle Paquet-Durand, Mia Canton, Angela Gimmel, Jennifer Riley and Kelly Schmitz conducted clinic in the pouring down rain for two days.  It was wet, crazy, and fabulous! In two days, over 200 animals were treated in Belize, and almost 60 surgeries. If only the sun had been out, we could have done miraculous things!  

The flood waters trapped the Carroll County Vets Without Borders in Hopkins, but I was able to travel to the Belize Zoo to meet up with Dr. Baptist. Humberto and the amazing Zoo crew were superb hosts, and despite the bucketing rain, Dr. B did 14 surgeries and treated over 20 animals.  And, as the flood waters slowly receded, Dr. Cone and her team slogged through crocodile infested waters to continue with clinics at HBHS for several days.  

When Dr. Cone and her crew departed, Dr. Jon Kendall arrived.  Dr. Kendall, Dr. Canton and Dr. Baptist treated over 90 animals in Dangriga in one day between 9 am and 2pm. Wow!  Then they treated even more over the weekend at HBHS, helping us reach and go over our spay/neuter goal. 

HBHS was also able to give out 4000 does of Pet Trust dewormer this year, thanks to the donation of the products from the Pet Trust company… and over 2000 Kind News magazines thanks to the Humane Society of the United States. 

Only one month left, and we are finishing 2013 very strong! We are looking forward to 2014! 

 

“Janice and Pete Henderson Contribution to the HBHS”

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Volunteering at Hopkins Belize Humane Society was the best part of our trip to Hamanasi!   My 15-year-old, Pete, and I helped Dr. Baptist and Joseph during one of the monthly spay/neuter clinics.   We helped prep the dogs for surgery, wash surgical instruments, and organize supplies.  Our favorite part was returning the dogs to their families in Hopkins and San Ramon the next day.   The village children swarmed our truck when we drove up.  It was fun to hand out the dog food, leashes and collars along with their pet.   The children (and adults) were eager for information on how to take care of their pet and it was rewarding to teach them how to be good owners.     Because of HBHS, getting your dog spayed/neutered is becoming the cultural norm.  As we drove by, families would stop us to ask us to take their dog for surgery (“Next time!!  We’ll be back!!”)  It was a remarkable experience!