“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!

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ February 2013″

Below are some of the comments from guest that visited us during the month February 2013.  Thanks to everyone you choose Hamanasi as your vacation destination. We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience!  We do hope to see each and every one of you again sometime in the near future. All the best from The Hamanasi Team!

“All of the staff we came in contact with was great.  So I must congratulate Management.  All of your staff has been oriented to all aspects of the organization and are helpful and knowledgeable.”

Bob and Elaine Hiatt, Topeka, KS

“Can’t imagine any better service!  Beautiful touches everywhere.”

Laura, Dennis and Tess Renfro, West Hartford, CT

“You are doing an incredible job!”

Ron and Dana Teitler, Middleton, MA

“Everything was absolutely wonderful.  We really enjoyed the beach setup. Really enjoyed the fresh produce and local focus; local products, local people and environmentally friendly is why we choose you”

Amanda and Cody White Lake, MI

“Keep up the excellent work!  Your eco friendly efforts were one of the best aspects for us, especially the vegetable garden, fruit trees.”

Steven Curtis and Family, Ontario, Canada

“We had a wonderful time, and Hamanasi made our honeymoon absolutely perfect!”

Kate Willcox and Andrew Deeringer, Sacramento, CA

“Done to perfection! Showed great respect for heritage and environment.”

Carol Robinson and Family, Sioux City, IA

“You have a magic atmosphere here already.  Whatever you are doing is working perfectly.”

Zachary and Shelly Cihak, Denver, CO

Guest Favorite Recipe – Hamanasi’s Peanut Butter Cookies”

Hamanasi Peanut Butter Cookies 

2 tsp.                              Vanilla Extract

1 c                                    Peanut Butter; creamy

3                                      Eggs

1 c                                   Butter; softened

1 1/4 c                           Granulated Sugar

1 1/4 c                          Dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp.                        Salt

1/2 tsp.                        Baking Soda

2 c                                Purity Flour

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt.  Mix well with a wire whisk
  • In a large bowl, blend sugars using a mixer at medium speed
  • Add butter and mix to form a grainy paste
  • Add eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla, mix at medium speed until light and fluffy
  • Add the flour mixture and mix at low speed until just mixed. (Do not over-mix)
  • Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an un-greased cookie sheet, 1 ½ inches apart
  • With a wet fork, gently press a crisscross pattern on top of the cookies
  • Bake for 8-22 minutes until cookies are slightly brown along the edges
  • Transfer cookies immediately to cool surface with a spatula

Happy Cooking & Eating from Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff!

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ November 2012″

“Everything was fantastic! The best thing was how everyone remembered our names.”

Kathy and Greg Mordue, Hawkins, TX

“Every member of the staff was very friendly, knew who we were and took very good care of us.”

Andrew Moriarty and Family, Manhattan Beach, CA

“You guys are top notch – no other suggestions. Always thinking one step ahead of guests needs is your specialty. Thanks for everything! We couldn’t ask for more.”

Marilyn Leung and Barry Low, Vancouver, Canada

“We can’t express how special this vacation was for us. Thank you for making our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime. We will truly miss Hamanasi!”

Allison David and Matt Friend, Sterling, VA

“This is a wonderful paradise – on par with resorts in Fiji we have visited but so much closer to home. You are all so professional and helpful.”

Cliff and Marie Bennet, Harpswell, ME

“Staff was genuinely friendly and helpful. Real positive, I appreciate the transparency. Excellent experience overall.”

Linda and Howard Kline, Pittsburgh, PA

“Wonderful service! We felt very taken care of. Thank you, we had a great time.”

Lisa Vogel and Lia Willebrand, Berkely, CA

“We love the intimacy of the resort ~ don’t ever expand too much! The resort blends perfectly with Hopkins and seems to respect and uphold the local culture! We have traveled 5* worldwide and your service is unparalleled.”

Hannah and Ben Witten, Fortworth, TX

“Hard to improve perfection! Just keep doing what you’re doing! Very impressed with efforts toward waste reduction, conservation, sustainability, organic food production and composting. Keep up the great work. ”

Tahne and Adam Corcutt, Denver, CO

“Everyone always had a smile on their faces.”

Melinda Britt and Family, Escondido, CA

“The entire staff was amazing. We could not have asked for a more amazing experience.”

Brian and Toni Hovey, Hampden, ME

 

 

 

“Deirdre Drama Classes”

 

Deirdre Kelly Lavrakas, one of our repeat guests visited us for the second time in October 2012.  Deirdre volunteered time from her Hamanasi vacation to mentor the Grade V school children of The Holy Family Hopkins School with Drama classes. Deirdre is presently Production Operations Manager and a Teaching Artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Deirdre has directed over 75 plays, musicals and operas for both adults and young people.

The children were exited throughout the sessions along with their Language Arts teacher Mr. Troy Coleman.   The participation of the class was incredible, filled with lots questions and laughter.   At the end of the 3 days session, the children were given a certificate of participation and some yummy snacks for the Hamanasi kitchen.

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – October 2012″

Thanks to our entire guest that visit us on October 2012. We hope that you all had an amazing Hamanasi experience! Below are some of the comments from guest that visited us during the month of October. We do hope to see each and every one of you again sometime in the near future. All the best from Hamanasi staff and Management.

“We had our perfect “UNBELIZEABLE and beyond our expectations” 10th year anniversary. Thank you! Hamanasi, you were al amazing.”

Chris and Elissa Langeuegger, Austin, TX

“We’re happy that the eco friendly efforts is such a strong part of Hamanasi’s culture and that the guides stress it.”

Scott and Keri Agin, Chicago, IL

“The personal attention and hospitality of the entire staff was excellent. The food was first class. I am happy to see the commitment of the resort.”

Bobby and Paul Vargo, Lancaster, CA

“We can’t say enough about the wonderful atmosphere at Hamanasi. Please stay small! It makes it so much more welcoming. Your staff is what absolutely makes this place attractive. Very family feel here, totally pampered us. Thank you so much!”

Dorothy and Mike Ewenel, Ontario, Canada

“Everything was so wonderful! We loved every minute of our stay and are so sorry to leave. We had a wonderful and beautiful honeymoon. The staff is unbelievable! We will miss them.”

Shannon Atkins and Robert Schulenberg, Herndon, VA

“What a magical way to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. We’ll be back again for sure! Thank you Hamanasi and Hopkins for being such lovely hosts during our stay. ”

Allison and Wade Sisson, Knightdale, NC

“Keep doing what you are doing. First class place!”

Collin and Jenny Steward, Harlingen, TX

“We can’t imagine better service. The staff obviously happy and proud to be here, we want to take them home with us!”

Caryn Wolf and Ford Frazier, Oakland, CA