Miss Bertie’s Library gets Donations from Canada!

After two visits to Hamanasi and Hopkins Village, guests Doug and Anne of Canada decided to adopt Miss Bertie’s Library in Hopkins as their “project”. Due to their efforts, a wonderful shipment of books and supplies arrived in Hopkins this week and the first part of that shipment was delivered to the library yesterday! The kids were thrilled and began to unpack the books and puzzles immediately!

“Thank you” to everyone that contributed!!! By the way, this will be an ongoing project for the library, so if you’re coming to Hamanasi any time soon, please bring any new/used books that you would like to donate. Books for readers of all ages are greatly needed and appreciated.

Hamanasi achieves “Green Globe” Certification!

Green Globe Certified

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.

Hamanasi "Green Team"

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.

Hopkins Humane Society Clinic for April comes to a successful close…

The April 2010 Hopkins Humane Society Free Spay & Neuter Clinic has come to a close after enjoying a hugely successful clinic and fundraiser!

The clinic was manned by ER vets from Minnesota, Clara Lee Arnold (the Stateside clinic coordinator), Nancy & Les Collier (local Humane Society organizers) and many, many wonderful local volunteers from in and around Hopkins Village. Congratulations to everyone involved! Hamanasi looks forward to future joint endeavors with HBHS and will continue to be a proud year-around supporter. Thank you, again, for the generous donations from Hamanasi guests past, present & future! For more about the Hopkins Belize Humane Society, click on the following link to see information and photos!

Hopkins Belize Humane Society

Green Travel!

Nature's Beauty!

Hamanasi’s website will soon feature a Carbon Offset Calculator!  Watch for it…

Hamanasi “Green Team”

Clinic Day #1

Hamanasi is a proud sponsor of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society free spay and neuter clinics.  The clinics provide a great service that is needed in the community.  Hamanasi’s guests have always been great supporters through their time and money and donations!

A great turnout for the first two days of the free spay & neuter clinic  Over 25 surgeries and numerous health care “treatments” already!  Clinic continues April 12 & 13.

Easter Clean-up in Hopkins Village

Welcome to Hopkins

         There will be an Easter Clean-up for Hopkins Village today!  All volunteers are welcome.  Hamanasi will be providing hauling of trash gathered by the groups of volunteers.  Let’s beautify Hopkins together!

The Hamanasi Green Team

The Hopkins Kite Festival Flies High in Belize!

The Hopkins Kite Festival was a huge success Saturday!  Kids of all ages had a great time and enjoyed the prizes of backpacks and school supplies donated by guests of Hamanasi.  Congratulations to all of the participants and winners for excellent work on the creative and beautiful kites of the day.  If you’re traveling to Hamanasi soon, you can bring new or gently used backpacks for our “Backpack Project”.   The backpacks are put to great use!

-the Hamanasi “Green Team”

Hamanasi's Audrey McCaulay hands out backpacks as prizes! Beautiful!

Community Outreach Backpack Project Ongoing – Hamanasi, Belize

Hamanasi Backpack Project Continues…

Thank you Emmaus United Church of Christ, Virginia U.S.A., for your recent donations of backpacks for the children of Hopkins Village. The children are so pleased and proud to receive the backpacks. Pride can make such a difference in a child’s life!
Thank you to everyone who brings contributions for our community outreach programs. You are making a difference in Belize!

Hamanasi Unveils New Sustainability Products

 
Environmentally-friendly plastic bags and straws are now available at Hamanasi.  We just received our first order! That’s an exciting “green” step forward for Belize! The products are made from recycled sugar cane – WOW!  Once thrown away, they begin decomposition in 150 days. Excellent!  We appreciate any way we can become better stewards of this beautiful planet!

Belize resort gets greener and sweeter!

Hamanasi has acquired an Organic Plumb Candy Leaf Plant (Stevia plummerae)! This little plant packs an huge sweet punch! The small bushy plant has mint shaped leaves, and its extract has up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar! Due to its amazing sweetness, Stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Because Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, and even enhancing glucose tolerance, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to people on carbohydrate-controlled diets and as a natural sweetener to diabetics. The “Sugar Leaf” is an exciting addition to Hamanasi’s ever-growing organic garden! We’re already busily thinking of exciting new applications for this naturally sweet leaf…
Tea anyone?