“2013 Back To School Fest”

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Over 200 kids participated in the ‘Back to School’ Fest!

 The Green Team welcomed over 200 students of Hopkins village, parents and teachers to the first ever ‘Back to School’ Fest hosted by the Green Team members of Hamanasi Resort on Saturday August 24, 2013 at the Catholic Church compound.

Joining Mr. Walton Rodriquez and the rest of the Green Team for the opening ceremony was the principal of the Holy Family RC School, Mrs. Seferina Castillo, who kindly agreed to present the backpacks.

The Fest was abuzz with activities, excitement, competitive spirits of the young ones, free snacks and lively music provide by a member of the community.

The purpose of the fest was to donate backpacks filled with an assortment of school supplies and other educational tools to 30 economically disadvantage/less fortunate kids as well as involving other kids in the community to participate in the different fun activities. The Green Team members also took advantage of the event by getting the kids to make easy eco-friendly mosquito traps to be used in homes and creating awareness of recycle, reduce and reuse practices.

Each kid had a chance to win cool prizes of a variety of school supplies which helped students, teachers and parents get prepared for the new school year.

We gave thanks to all our members and contributors that make this event a success!

 

“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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“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2013″

“It’s the people that make this resort so memorable. Always warm and welcoming, there is a comfort level here that we don’t experience at many other resorts.  Thank you all!”

Cliff & Marie Bennett, Harpswell, ME

“We have travelled to over 70 countries and stayed in many resorts, Hamanasi is truly world-class.”

Ron and Lisa Hill, Kent, UK

“Keep focusing on customer service; it is for sure what separates you from everywhere in the world we’ve stayed in the past.”

Cassidy McCrite, Kansas, MO

‘Perfect blend of comfort and adventure.  Sensitive to the ecology and culture of Belize.”

Rhett and Donna Jackson, Norman, OK

“The attention to detail here is beautiful! wonderful, appreciated.  Don’t change a thing, love the small resort feeling!”

Jack and Jane Muir, Piedmont, SC

“The resort experience at Hamanasi was top notch- rustic, natural and luxurious all at the same time.”

Erika Silverstein, Brooklyn, NY

“All wonderful, please let all staff know how special they are.  Thanks for a wonderful wedding and Honeymoon.  Our memories will last and we will tell our experience with joy.”

Jason and Nicole Moore, Spokane, WA

“Perfection!  Every single staff member we encountered help make our stay a wonderful and memorable experience.  Thank you Hamanasi Team!”

Erin Neutzling, San Antonio, TX

“Keep doing what you’re doing. you make each guest wanting to stay longer.”

Shawn & Tommi Boyd, Genoa, CO

“This is the most customer service oriented place we have ever stayed.  Everywhere else can learn a lot from Hamanasi.”

Kim Jones, Oceanside, CA

“Hamanasi has a great offering of both dive trips and top-side excursions.  A great place for both divers and non-divers.”

Michael Millet, Dublin, CA

“Everything was perfect. Lots of wonderful trips plus lots of great relaxation.”

Michael and Kris Young, Barrington, IL

 

“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

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ December 2012″

Wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous 2013.  A big “Thank you” to all our December 2012 guest! Thanks for coming and we hope you had a great time with us and we can’t wait to have you back soon!  From the Hamanasi Team.

“The service was impeccable. Every staff person we encountered went out of their way to make this the best vacation.”

Deborah and Mark Buel, Gainesville, FL

“Love the attention to detail. Top notch – Perfect. This resort could teach service and hospitality to other!”

Zocher Family, Clyde Hill, WA

“Don’t expand too much. The small, community-like feeling of the resort is part of why it’s so great.”

John and Brenda Schulz, Hamburg, NY

“Everyone was special and gracious. Keep doing what you are – place is fantastic.”

Florence Sofer, Mount Kisco, NY

“Service was very, very good! Appreciated all of the personal attention.”

Tracy and Mike Killion, Humble, TX

“Amazing and very personalize service. Everyone made my stay very enjoyable.”

Mary Grabowsky, Albuquerque, NM

“It’s beautiful here! Don’t change a thing.”

Mike and Arletta Hitch, Rose Hill, AL

“Exceptional service, thank you all so much. We will be back many times, our wedding here was perfect.”

Omar and Shalane Rodriguez, Wichita, KS

“I always wondered what it would be like to be treated like royalty – now I know. Thank you for a wonderful vacation.”

Helen and Christine Hill, San Francisco, CA

“Everyone did what they could to help me solve problems and enjoy my stay – more than expected!”

Jim Mahoney, Greensboro, NC

“Service was exceptional. Value with the package was exceptional. We stayed inland for the first half of our vacation, it was nice but Hamanasi had them beat in every category! Great job!”

Theodore Rinehart and Sandra Callez, Los Angeles, CA

 

 

“Hamanasi Takes Home The Taste of Belize Cake Decorator & Master Chef 2012 Awards”

December 1st was a big night for Hamanasi as 3 of our staff members competed in the Belize Tourism Board’s “Taste of Belize” event held in the Cayo District. This competition determines the best chef, cake decorator and bartender in Belize. Hamanasi’s chefs took home 2 of the coveted prizes and our bartender came in second! The Minister of Tourism and Culture, Hon. Manuel Heredia opened the event, which consisted of 3 different competitions, Cake Decorating, Bartending and Master Chef for 2012. The evening kicked off with Hamanasi’s very own Executive Chef Sheridan Polanco creating an absolute masterpiece. The cake, which had a Mayan theme in honor of Maya 2012, took her just under 3 hours to decorate and won her the title of Belize’s Cake Decorator of the Year. Her inspiration was the Mayan chocolate fruit also known as “Black Sapote” which she tied into the whole story of the Mayan calendar and the history of the Mayan traditions here in Belize. Yum!! (Chef Sheridan image courtesy of San Ignacio Hotel)

The second event featured three bartenders competing for the title of Belize’s Top Bartender. Hamanasi’s “mixologist” Mark Jacobs invented 3 outstanding cocktails. The first was a Belizean Beauty, second was The Energizer and finally he wowed the crowd with his Monkey Business Creation. The final challenge was a mystery box in which he only had a few minutes to create a drink with Craboo Cream and Traveller Bitters. The result was the tangy Belizean Stinger. Mark earned second place in the competition!

The third and final event saw chefs countrywide going head to head for the title of Master Chef. The challenge: cook three meals with four mystery ingredients in one hour. After preparing a full meal made with all the mystery ingredients the panel of four judges chose Hamanasi Chef Marcia Nuñez as Belize’s Master Chef for 2012! The first elimination round was an appetizer, where Chef Marcia made a Zucchini & Sardine fritter sprinkled with a watermelon salsa. The second challenge was the main entrée. This time she created a delicious pan-fried pork chop and hibiscus cilantro potatoes drizzled with a papaya, cashew & white wine sauce. This put her into the top two ending the final challenge with dessert. This time Chef Marcia made a bacon, peanut & cream cheese wrap served with a stout reduction. Chef Marcia exclaimed, “I was so happy to win! I enjoy cooking and love to experiment with food and create new dishes filled with flavour.” And we love to eat your food, Marcia! Well done. (Chef Marcia and Bartender Mark images courtesy of The San Pedro Sun)

Hamanasi congratulates Chef Marcia, Chef Sheridan and Bartender Mark for competing well in Taste of Belize 2012. We hope to share their delicious creations with you!

“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

 

 

 

“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’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.

 

“March – Green Team Newsletter”

Our Organic Garden and Current Production

What is an organic garden?  An area where plants are produced by obeying the laws of nature — Industrial pesticide and fertilizer use is disallowed in our garden – Naturally produced fertilizers such as ash, compost, manure and organically produced pesticides and herbicides are encouraged – Integrated pest management systems (IMPS) practices are applied to prevent and combat pests and diseases. 

What are we producing?  A small scale fruit and vegetable productions is now at full swing in our newly established organic garden.  Healthier fruits, vegetables and herbs are now available for guests and staff in the restaurant and staff kitchen.  Watermelon, cantaloupe, pine apple, papaya, carrots, passion fruit, green onions, peppermint and basil, just to name a few, are now in production.

We invite you to come and get a tour of our organic garden!