“September Green Newsletter”

                                                     Hamanasi Organic Garden and Current Production

With the addition of Mr. Juan Tun, organic gardener and environmental conservation activist from the Cayo district, as a part of our Gardening and Green team, our organic garden will further develop and become officially certified by Belize Organic Alliance, organic control and certifier in Belize, as being a sustainable garden. Moreover, we are now partnering with BOA to encourage and promote sustainable crop and livestock production in Belize.

 

 

 

 

Outside the cover structure, the organic garden is landscaped with fruit trees that attract birds and other wildlife around the property; and inside the structure, basil, mint, green onion, oregano, and cilantros have been intercropped as repellant crops amongst cash crops such as tomato, habanero and sweet pepper, cabbage, lettuce and cucumber to control pests and diseases.  (Report done by Francis Flores)

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2012″

“Every staff member we met made us feel welcome and cared for. Thank you for caring about our planet.”

Kevin and Lucy Norwood, Rawlins, WY

“Continue doing what you’re doing because you are getting it right. This is our favorite destination and coming here feels like coming home. you are to be commended for your work in promoting and implementing sound eco-tourism. Hamanasi should be held up as a model to other resorts on how to get it right.”

Hector and Pam Gomez, New Orleans, LA

“Do not ever change. This is the best vacation I have ever had!”

Ronda Mears, Rochester, WA

“Keep the resort small and intimate.”

Kim & Dave Corbin-Lewis, Moab, UT

“Your Eco friendly effort is what brought us here and what you do is very impressive. We are happy you contribute to the community.”

Dorothy Giersch and Family, Ridgefield, CT

“Service was absolutely perfect! Wonderful honeymoon destination.”

Jena & Alston Rush, Edmond, OK

“Service is impeccable – top notch!”

Susanna & Colin Moriarty, Athens, GA

“Everything was wonderful. I was really impressed by the green house and the efforts to keep a low impact.”

“Excellent room and tremendous service! We will definitely stay here again.”

Mark Meese and family, Jenks, OK

David Yablick and Hannah Carmack, Fairdealing, MO

“All I can say is thank you and all was fabulous + brilliant. Lots of love and see you soon!”

Bhavni Bhakoo, Winnepeg, Canada

 

“Generous Donation For The School Children”

We would like to thank Marie and Lee from Cherry Hill New Jersey for their generous time spend in collecting monetary and school supplies donations for the school children of Hopkins and Sittee River Village. Marie and Lee visited Hamanasi on March, 2012 and shared with the children a very cheerful afternoon.. Over 25 school bags with school supplies with given out to the young kids from the Holy Family Hopkins School and Ms. Bertie Hopkins Library. 

Lee and Marie then travelled to Sittee River Methodist School were a vast amount of school supplies include, stick glue, crayons, pencils. etc were donated. Preparing our children for a better future and helping them develop and become professionals is our main priority.

 

Vice Principal Fritz Coleman along with Des the librarian appreciated the visit of our guest and the valuable support provided to the school children.

 

“May Green Newsletter – Lionfish Hunt”

Hamanasi Resort believes and practices environmental sustainability, and in its ecofriendly quest, it has empowered and motivated its Dive crew to participate in the reduction of lionfish population through its spear fishing adventures. They saw a desperate need to minimize the numbers of Lionfish that poses a serious threat to our reef. This is a means of eliminating the rapid increase in the numbers of lionfish spotted along the entire coast of Belize and around the world; therefore, the Hamanasi Dive crew aims to double their lion fish hunt to 4 trips weekly for the month of March. Martin Carr, the Green team ambassador for the department records their daily catch.

From data gathered, marine guides and guests are doing a great job in their lionfish spearing efforts. In total the guides have speared over 200 Lionfish since February. Sam Noralez speared the most Lion fish followed by Martin Carr. We acknowledge Mr. Espinosa, Elvis, John, Roy and Terrill for their hard work and consistency in increasing the number of catches. Thanks to our guests for participating in this adventure.

After guests have completed this adventure for the day, they can have their catch sent to the main Kitchen so that Chef Sheridan Polanco prepares delicious Lion fish cuisines for lunch or dinner.

The Dive crew and Hamanasi Green Team Steering Committee (HGTSC) are doing their best to sustain this adventure by organizing hunts and providing guests with the relevant information about the danger that these invasive species of lionfish post to our reef. If anyone is interested in Lionfish hunting with our dynamic dive crew call or sign up at front desk, and they will willingly assist in every means possible to arrange a Lionfish Adventure that suits your needs. 

Do you your part in conserving our reef and make a difference!

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – April 2012″

Everyone so friendly and knowledgeable about all services, information about Belize. Great culture. Everything is perfect in paradise!

Lee and Sandra Gregoire, Colorado Springs, CO

‘The little touches speak well of the care and thought placed into the environment, but with very elegant touches and display. It would be difficult to improve on something so flawless and perfect.

David and Shauna Norton, Altadena, CO

“I will come back for many reasons, but the most important one is the quiet environment.”

Mike Sturm and Family, Brookfield, WI

“I think it’s the amazing service that makes Hamanasi #1 Hotel in Central America.”

Regan Pritzker and Family, San Francisco, CA

“I applaud Hamanasi’s effort in protecting our earth when so many resorts do not have a desire to do so! In this regards alone, Hamanasi is light years ahead of any other place I’ve been to! Absolutely perfect! Only suggestion – please put a Hamanasi in my town so I can go there more often.”

Andrew and Jen Cirigliano, Allenwood, NJ

“The service and staff are wonderful; they are so kind and helpful in every way. We had a wonderful vacation.”

Paul and Marsha Story, Washoe Valley, NV

“I stay at 4 and 5 star hotels around the world and this is the best!

John and Amanda Tobler, San Jose, CA

“Hamanasi never uses the words “no”, “can’t”, “not possible”. Everything is accommodated. Great place to stay!

Tracy Madden and Tom Throop, Durham, NH

“We really enjoyed all our interactions at the resort, very friendly and personal atmosphere. We had fun and relaxed at the same time. Great Honeymoon!

Sara Snow and Allan Pett, Farmington, MI

“We have stayed at 10+ lodges in Belize and Costa Rica over the last 6 years. Hamanasi trip ranks as one of the best ever. Best service hands down. Great staff! Thanks for a great week.”

Jesse & Elaine Satterwhite, Raleigh, NC

“Everyone was friendly, professional and helpful. We felt cared for, liked and special! Exactly the right combination of pampering and adventure!”

Sue and Peter Gibbons, Block Island, RI

“Everything was perfect!”

Lisa Raffael and Family, Burlington, VT

“Amazing service and thoughtful resort touches were everywhere.”

Peter Danis, Ballwin, MO

“Keep doing everything that you’ve been doing. We couldn’t have asked for more. I find it wonderful when business take the time and make the effort to conserve the environment around them.”

Matt and Alicia Matuszewski, Buffalo, NY

 

“April – Green Newsletter”

Hamanasi Migratory and Native Bird Population

 Figure 1: Plain Chachalaca

Hamanasi has kept and embraced its reputation as an eco-friendly resort in Belize’s Tourism Industry, and in its assurance in sustaining a unique image by preserving the environment and its biodiversity, the company’s rainforest guides have been conducting a migratory and native bird population study for a period of six (6) months. In the facilitation of the study, an onsite birding has been scheduled, and is ongoing for at least once every week, by three (3) inland guides who are Pedro, Lorenzo and Golden. The guides been have conducting the studies around the property from March 21, 2012 to April 4, 2012, and they have recorded 32 species of birds. Most of the bird species were sighted in more than two (2) occasions, in which the sighting frequency was 2.19. Our guests, especially those who are bird lovers, are welcomed to participate in the studies along with our gregarious and enthusiastic inland guides.

 

“Hamanasi’s Napolean Shrimp Salad”

Hamanasi’s Napolean Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

Shrimps~10 Sautéed (seasoned w/salt & pepper)

Romaine Lettuce~1/3 small chop

Flour Tortilla~ 1, cut in quarters and fried

Ranch Dressing~as desired

Cucumbers, medium~¼, small dice

Tomato, medium~ 1/3 wedge, small dice

Method:

  • Place 1 tsp. of dressing in center of plate.
  • Place one ¼ of the fried flour tortilla on top of the dressing.
  • Layer tortilla with lettuce and shrimps and repeat until complete.
  • Top with a sprinkle of the diced cucumbers, tomatoes, shrimps and a good drizzle of dressing.

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2012″

“We really appreciate that customer service was very important to Hamanasi!”

David Wilkie & Family, Saintpaul, MD  

“It was a pleasure to interact with all your staff – in the office or in the garden. All seem happy, thus friendly. Keep doing what you are doing. You truly stand out from the other guys. Your green efforts to be commended on all fronts. This is a real drawing card for many tourists today.”

Susan and Gord Harper, Alberta, Canada

“You guys ROCK!”

Caitlin Bailey and Boyd Williamson, Colombia, MO

“You have ABSOLUTELY the best staff in the whole wide world. They truly exemplify excellent customer service!”

Jean and Jimmy Drummond, Bowie, MD

“We love the genuine friendliness shown to us. Doing eco-friendly luxury is a challenging balance. Nicely done! We understand sustainability as living wages for staff and smart growth for the community of Hopkins.”

Josh and Stacie Bornstein, Ithaca, NY

“Doing a fantastic job – keep up the great work.”

K.C and Cathy Shea, Colchester, CT

“Outstanding!”

Duane Natvig & Family, Northfield, VT

“Everyone was just lovely; this experience would be hard to improve.”

Connie and Jeff Irish, Loveland, CO

“Everything was perfect! I have never met such friendly people. There is such a pride in Belize. Thank you!”

Rosi Sekerak, Charlotte, NC

 

 

“Andrew’s Growing Bud”

Young Andrew Herring upon arrival discovered a bougainvillea plant next to their beachfront room broke a branch, placed in a cup with water and decided that he will let his plant grow.   He kept it in water for its roots to grow as he was determined to ensure that his plant did not die. On his departure we offered him to go and replant in our greenhouse which he was excited to do.

Mr. Desmond, one of our gardeners assisted Andrew in accomplishing his goal.  It was a pleasure to have had Mr. Clarke Herring and family with us and we are all very proud of Andrew, that at his young age he is already thinking how to nurture a living organism.  Our  promise to Andrew is to ensure that his plant gets all the nutrients and water it needs to grow and keep him updated with his plant growth!

“Vets Without Borders from Arkansas, February Clinic”

We continue to have a fantastic 2012 for the animals in Hopkins, Sittee River and nearby villages.   The Carroll County Vets Without Borders from Berryville, Arkansas, returned for their 5th visit to Hopkins! Dr. Tina Cone, Ramona Hambrick and Anita Beeson had a fantastically fun… and incredibly busy… trip to Belize.  Over the course of four days of surgery (including one day when the air conditioning went out), the team was able to complete 18 spays, 17 neuters, a limb amputation, a femoral head ostectomy, dentals, a tumor removal, and entropion (eye surgery), several lacerations and over 80 exams!  Amazing!

Tina, Ramona and Anita also made it by Saturday puppy class to help clean up the park, help hand out dog food (one of our best HBHS programs) and hand a few kids treats they had brought along with them.   Hamanasi contributed once again to the HBHS program with accomodations, lunches and allowed the vets to take some time off from their busy schedule and go on one of our snorkeling trips to the Southern Barrier Reef.

Every time the Carroll County Vet team visits Hopkins, things go well. Old friends are reacquainted, and new ones made.  As always, we look forward to their next visit.