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
“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
“It is great to see the commitment to keeping Belize pristine/natural.”
Brian Sullivan, Pittsburgh, PA
“The entire staff was amazing. The team at Hamanasi is exceptional. The handwork, hot humid weather, nothing stops them from being helpful and friendly.”
Steve and Angie Harwanko, Cary, NC
“This place is great. We loved our stay. Family friendly, adventures, fun, family oriented..Awesome!”
Jamie Saylor, Vienna, VA
“Your services are top notch!”
Cynthia Jevons, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
“Our stay was magnificent. Sorry it was so short. We have to come back soon.”
Cynthia Roach, Tracy, CA
This last year as been an amazing year for Hamanasi, we have met many new people and made many new friends. We have grown as a company and as a family, with a few new faces joining our wonderful team.
Hamanasi is built on our love for the beautiful environment that surrounds us, and we passionately try to be as sustainable as possible every day. Many of our guests will come to visit us with an understanding of the importance of preserving our natural environment, but they also come with an understanding that without our community, we would not exist. Each year we support the continued education of the children from Hopkins, but also from the surrounding communities of Silk Grass, Sittee River and Maya Center. Our education fund helps to provide financial assistance for families for schooling, but the generous donations of school supplies, crayons, pens, pencils, writing books, arts supplies, backpacks, means that the children can go to school with all the things they will need to start the school year right.
We have also supported the continued efforts of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society for many years, and will continue for many into the future. The clinics, supported by volunteer veterinarians both local and international has provided the communities of Stann Creek with free spay and neuter clinics as well as low cost clinics for other surgeries. The HBHS work tirelessly within the community providing education for people with pets on how best to care for them, with very few resources. This is why the donations that we receive from guests such as leashes and collars, flea treatments, pet treats, toys, all items that seem so small, mean so much to our communities.
Throughout the year we have been able to give out these donations to the HBHS, and to the children, especially at events such as the Kite Fest, the Easter Fest and the Hopkins Day Fest. Our big end of year celebration was to take over 100 backpacks, each over flowing with school supplies, to the schools to be able to help the children of less fortunate families.
Our donations this year totaled just over 510lbs, which is nearly 100lbs more than last year, and this is all because of the generosity of our guests. We cannot thank everyone enough for what they have given to Hopkins and the surrounding communities.
“Stay Small! This feels like the perfect size place!”
Nicole Morani and Alan Stewart, St. Louis, MO
“You’ve exceeded my expectations in every way possible! Can literally not thank you enough for this trip.”
Myriam Bara, Winnipeg, MA
“Great personalized and friendly service!”
Judie and Glen Tomaszewski, Farmington Hills, MI
“Everyone was fantastic! This place is magical. Don’t stop caring about the details.”
Susanh Hannon, Lawreceville, NJ
“You guys clearly already know what you’re doing, keep following your instincts because everything was top-notch.”
Chloe and Troy Luczynski, Concord, CA
“Hold on to your outstanding employees”
Hasina and Monty Kronenberg, Pompano Beach, FL
“The best resort we have EVER been too! Made our honeymoon dreams come true. Thank you!”
Mallory and Josh Dyer, Coolidge, AZ
‘The service couldn’t be better!”
Susan Walker and Family, Wilmington, DE
“We have never experienced this level of service, knowledge and adventure. Well done, Hamanasi!
Mr. & Mrs. Stace & B. Shanes, Whichita Falls, TX
“Best vacation we have ever had. All staff go above and beyond to make our stay the best it could be!”
Michael and Tory Edwards, Whitby, ON
“Everything was fantastic! This was THE BEST honeymoon vacation we could have ever asked for. Thank you for making it our favourite trip!”
Brooke & Kyle Smith, New York, NY
“You guys are 5 star plus, can’t be beat. You’re the best.”
Alec Gotthard, Rock Island, IL
‘Everything was absolutely divine! We loved our stay.”
Nicole and Chris Ioset, San Antonio, TX
“Excellent job! Staff well trained and obviously on board with culture of Hamanasi hospitality.”
Jonathan Lindman, Augusta, GA
“Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Your attention to your guest is truly what makes the experience very enjoyable.
“Chris Colucci and Family, Golden, CO
“Our stay exceeded my expectations!”
Eric and Clare Lyerly, Hoover, AL
“Lovely! A five star place all the way!”
Alicia Keckler, Rock Island, IL
“FLAWLESS! Have never felt so well taken care of at any price. Ritz Carlton could learn from you.”
Abby Holland and Family, Orinda, CA
“Your service from all staff was very impressive. This was by far the best service we have received anywhere. Our return to Hamansi will be largly due to the staff.”
Lory and Mike Selleck, Land O Lakes, FL
“The whole staff was very professional and personable.”
Dan and Teri Plaso, Street Bureau, OH
“You Have a handle on everything.”
Rich & Dee Thomas, Brookfield, WI
“It was the perfect honeymoon! Thank you Hamanasi Staff.”
Haley and Ty Trontel, Salt Lake City, UT
“All went above and beyond. Exceptional service from everyone.”
Austin Hammar, Brookfield, CT
“Everyone is practiced at having an open heart and a ready smile. How do you find so many happy people? The level of detail! Nothing goes untouched.”
David and Gennara Moore, Reston, VA
“Never stayed any place where staff was so friendly. Really felt welcome and like family. Everyone very accommodating.”
Joseph Garner, Cheshire, CT
“The entire staff went out of their way to make our vacation great in a beautiful place. It was fantastic! Great Staff.”
Laura Dec, Montville, NJ
“Everyone was friendly and never viewed a request as a burden or impossible to do. I wouldn’t change anything.”
Kevin and Hillary Skinner, Melisa, TX
On April 25th Hamanasi celebrated the Gran Opening of the Singanga Restaurant and 15 years anniversary. We had the special presence of The Minister of Tourism Honorable Manuel Heredia and other Belizean VIPs, as well as performances from Lirahuna Satuye Dance Club – Garifuna drumming & dancings, music by Omolewa Osain – steel band and Emilio a local Garifuna artist with his acoustic guitar singing paranda. The Minister praised Hamanasi as a perfect example of sustainable tourism that they wish to promote in Belize. Belize Channel 5 News Cast and Love FM were there, as well as the representatives from Belize Tourism Board and Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA).
The Cocktail reception started at 4pm and delicious hor d’oeuvres, rum punch, beer and wine were being served complimentary. A caricature artist was present and drawing for all guests and staff so they had a fun souvenir. At 6pm we hosted a private sunset wine and cheese reception on the viewing deck where floating biodegradable “wishing lanterns” were released.
All guests received a Mayan gift basket filled with organic Belizean chocolate truffles made in Hopkins, a Hamanasi canoe keychain and a slate coaster with a Singanga (dragonfly) carved in it. Mrs. Dana Krauskoph one of Hamanasi founders gave a speech highlighting the accomplishment of the Great House, as well as thanking our key stakeholders who helped us through the years by connecting it to our 3 Core Values: Community, Staff & Guest. Dana called out several staff members including Marcia Nunez (Executive Chef), Thomas Morgan (Grounds), Sam Noralez (PADI Dive Instructor) who have been with us since we opened 15 years ago.