“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 ~ June 2014″

“Everyone was so kind and personable!  Great Customer Service!”

Pam Swaney, St.Louis, MO

“We are impressed with the eco-friendly efforts and strongly support the mission.  Every single person made our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime! Very personal attention and attention to detail throughout resort.”

Luke & Carolyn Head, Charleston, WV

“Keep as is – perfection cannot be messed it.”

Bonnie & Randy  Curry, Mision Viejo, CA

“You all are doing a fantastic job.  We like very much the personal attentiveness and small groups on tours.  Really makes a huge difference.”

Don & Judy Cates, Brunswick, GA

“Can’t improve on perfection!”

Irene Burns, Nokomis, FL

“The staff was very accommodating.  Every request was met with the response, “No problem”.  Every staff we came in contact with was always smiling and helpful.”

Courtney and John Tatum, St. Palm, CA

“Everything was fantastic!  I can’t wait to come back.”

Sam & Christian Johnson, Chicago, IL

“What a beautifully run resort.  Very efficient, professional and friendly.  Great job to all.”

Tessa Novak and Family,

“Don’t change a thing!”

Sara Hanner, Springfield, OR

“Everyone went out of their way to make our time here enjoyable.  We have travelled a lot over the past 30 years and have never had the attention given to us that Hamanasi has done – it is also evident that you give back to the community which means a lot.”

Diane & Henry Ansley, St Simon Island, GR

‘Everyone was fantastic!  Super friendly and helpful!  Everything was perfect.”

Amanda Schwinkendarf, Val Paraiso, IN

“You guys are the best!  You truly made us feel at home away from home!”

Karen Herrington and Family,

“Thanks you for a perfect honeymoon!”

Jennifer & Allista Howlett, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2013″

“Everything surpassed our expectations. We came here as new diver because we wanted an operation we could trust and we found that here.”

Beth and Chris Rugg, Freeville, NY

“Keep doing what you are doing!!  Don’t change a thing about your great service.”

Roger and Susan Morgan and Family, Southlake, TX

“It’s early perfect!  We couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon. I can’t think of anything we would have wanted different.”

Sean and Christy Wagner, Lakewood, OH

“We love that you are doing your best to protect the environment, this place is beautiful.’

 Bramdi Badie and Charles Rendles, Decatur, IL

“The eco-friendly efforts is one of the main reasons we choose Hamanasi.  All the details down to composting the extra food, is great and makes one feel good about vacationing here.”

Nick and Nathalie Hand, Philadelphia, PA

“Well trained staff, beautiful grounds and rooms.”

Svetlana Troshina, Pacifica, CA

“Everyone here was amazing!  We had a wonderful honeymoon and look forward to coming back in a few years.”

Nicholas and Collie Kresta, East Bernard, TX

 

“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!

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2013″

“You guys really do a phenomenal job with service.  we can all tell the training the staff receives it top-notch, appreciate how many staff are loved.”

Andrew Wishnia and Chelsea Hanson, Washington, DC

“All aspects of service were excellent from wait staff to divshop to guides.”

Nick and Joanna Voichick, Madison, WI

“Keep doing what you’re doing – hiring people who truly enjoy their job because it shows.  I’ve never stayed somewhere with such and exceptional staff.

Reagan Flume, Austin, TX

“Don’t grow too quickly.  Your size and the personal attention we got is what will bring us back!”

Keith and Jane Miller, West Henrietta, NY

“Everything was perfect!”

Lauren Bronfman, Miami, FL

“Our trip was better than expected!  we always felt safe and comfortable. This was the perfect vacation for our family. Thank you for taking such good care of us!”

Michael Montgomery and Family, Land O’ Lakes, FL

“We had a wonderful time and every request was met with “YES”.”

Ken Montgomery and Family, Franklin Lakes, NJ

“Impressed by the efforts hopefully it will become a practice from other areas of Belize soon!”

Mike and Susan Cole, Rocklin, CA

 

“Zan Art Classes”

Gail Morris a repeat guest, recently returned to Belize to introduce her daughter, Zan Morris to the Hamanasi family.  Zan contributed to the Hopkins community by doing four separate arts & crafts classes with the children at the local library. The kids ranged from five to twelves years old and were so excited.  Zan supplied all the materials, she gave very basic instructions and encouraged the kids to be creative in their own unique ways.  Some of the projects Zan did with the kids were :

-painted wooden masks (elephant, pirate, flower,  and lion masks)

-made God’s eyes (weaving yarn around craft sticks)

-decorate/painted star and fairy wands

-drawing using washable markers

-painting with Tempera paints

-jewelry making

-abstract art using craft sticks

-decorating and painting bags

-painting sun catchers

-painting/decorating their own plastic “school supply” box

-using glitter and stickers

-face painting (me painting their faces and them painting my face)

The children were particularly fond of having their faces painted. Aside from the four hour and a half hour art classes, Zan spent a couple afternoons painting faces at the playground.  Each class consisted of twelve students. Some students attended more than one class. All together,  Zan had about 30 students. Around 50 children got their faces painted throughout the week she was here.

Zan commented “I had a wonderful time!! The children in Hopkins are very polite, sweet enthusiastic and creative!”

She surely added big smiles to all the children from Hopkins that assisted her classes!  A huge THANKS to Zan for taking time out from her vacation to contribute to the Hopkins Community.

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“Lopez Donation To Mrs. Bertie Hopkins Community Library”

Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library was established in 2008 by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service. Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize, where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books.

Donald Lopez an American citizen from California has been diving with Hopkins Divers for the past seven years and calls Hopkins his second home.  Every year Lopez donates to the community and this year was no exception.  He brought with him a custom built single speed bicycle, this was his only mode of transport for the few months that he stayed in Hopkins – he generously auctioned it off and all proceeds went to Mrs. Bertie Library.  It was a good turnout and BZ$205  was the final offer by Pam owner of Windschief.

Thanks to everyone that enthusiastically and generously participated and congrats to Pam on her new bike!O

 

“Hamanasi’s Chocolate Brownie”

 

One of our guests’ favorite desserts is our Home Made Brownie!  Now you can enjoy it at home.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup  Bebe Agua or All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

 

Method

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler and set aside
  2. In mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes
  3. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just combined
  4. Pour into a baking pan
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Brownie should be done on the outside and gooey on the inside.

 

Happy Baking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Guest Book – April 2013″

On behalf of Hamanasi Staff and Management, we want to thank everyone that visited us for the month of April 2013. We hope that you all have a great vacation experience with us and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Everyone was great, excellent customer service!”

Robin and Gus Barker, Centralia, WA

“The service standards you are at are fantastic and a great credit to everybody involved.”

Michael and Cara Veale, Hamilton, Bermuda

“Everyone was awesome! I don’t think out lives could have been made any easier during our stay. Kudos!”

Amy Schwambach and Mike Franqui, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

“Your staff is exceptional. All were helpful, friendly and very personable. They have wonderful customer service skills.”

Glenn and Pam Seiler, Alameda, CA

“This was easily the best vacation I’ve ever been on!”

Kiera Quinlan and Elisa Apostle, Tacoma, WA

“I don’t see how you can improve on perfection.”

Bonnie Reeves, Hermosa Beach, CA

“We had a great experience with everyone. As nice as the place is the best part of our stay was the staff!”

Gary Calkins, Centralia, WA

“Beyond our expectations!”

Robert and Cecile Schloegel, Leawood, KS

 

 

“Hamanasi Braised Jerk Lamb Chops Recipe”

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Another one of our guest favorite meat dish is our Braised Jerk Lamb Chops. 

Hamanasi’s Jerk Braised Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops 5 lbs. trim fat Salt

2 Tbsp. Cayenne Pepper

¼ tsp. Garlic Powder

2 Tbsp. Jerk Seasoning

3 Tbsp. Tomato Sauce

½ cup Canola Oil to coat pot

Water three times amount to cover lamb

• Season lamb with salt, cayenne pepper, jerk seasoning and garlic powder right before putting them in the very hot deep pot coated with on the inside with canola oil.

• Once lamb caramelizes on both sides cover with water, add in tomato sauce and cover. Cook for at least a minimum of 2 hours or until liquid reduces exposing half of the lamb and make sure lamb is tender. Add more water if needed.

• Check flavor and add in more salt if needed.

• In a small frying pan add in 5 tbsp of butter and equal parts flour to make a roux which you will use to thicken the lamb gravy.

• Remove the lamb from the gravy then add in the roux piece by piece to thicken the gravy to the consistency you prefer.

• Place the lamb back in the gravy once the consistency is to your choice.

• Serve with your choice of sides,   Happy cookings from the Hamanasi kitchen!