Hamanasi guide wins Village Council Seat!

"Golden" Miranda

Hamanasi is very proud to announce the election of one of its very own… inland guide, Ashford “Golden” Miranda, is one of the newly elected Hopkins Village Council Representative. Village elections were held on Sunday, April 18, 2010, and Golden was announced one of the six council seat winners around 11:30 p.m. later that night. Golden will be a wonderful representative for the people of Hopkins, and we all look forward to great things from him. His position on the Council is a three-year term that begins one week from the date of the elections.

Congratulations Golden!

Hopkins Humane Society Clinic for April comes to a successful close…

The April 2010 Hopkins Humane Society Free Spay & Neuter Clinic has come to a close after enjoying a hugely successful clinic and fundraiser!

The clinic was manned by ER vets from Minnesota, Clara Lee Arnold (the Stateside clinic coordinator), Nancy & Les Collier (local Humane Society organizers) and many, many wonderful local volunteers from in and around Hopkins Village. Congratulations to everyone involved! Hamanasi looks forward to future joint endeavors with HBHS and will continue to be a proud year-around supporter. Thank you, again, for the generous donations from Hamanasi guests past, present & future! For more about the Hopkins Belize Humane Society, click on the following link to see information and photos!

Hopkins Belize Humane Society

Clinic Day #1

Hamanasi is a proud sponsor of the Hopkins Belize Humane Society free spay and neuter clinics.  The clinics provide a great service that is needed in the community.  Hamanasi’s guests have always been great supporters through their time and money and donations!

A great turnout for the first two days of the free spay & neuter clinic  Over 25 surgeries and numerous health care “treatments” already!  Clinic continues April 12 & 13.

Friday Happy Hour Drink Special: Apple Mojito

Hamanasi interrupts our normal Friday happy hour to welcome back Clara Lee!  Clara Lee organizes the Hamanasi sponsored free spay and neuter clinics.  The next clinic will be April 9th, 10th and 12th in Hopkins Village.  Details for the Humane Society Fundraiser Dinner and Jewelry Sale coming up on April 6th can be found on our Facebook page!

In the meantime we return you to your normal Friday revelry… enjoy an Apple Mojito with Clara – Light Rum, Apple Pucker Liquor, club soda, fresh lime juice and crushed mint leaves!

Welcome back Clara Lee!

Easter Clean-up in Hopkins Village

Welcome to Hopkins

         There will be an Easter Clean-up for Hopkins Village today!  All volunteers are welcome.  Hamanasi will be providing hauling of trash gathered by the groups of volunteers.  Let’s beautify Hopkins together!

The Hamanasi Green Team

The Hopkins Kite Festival Flies High in Belize!

The Hopkins Kite Festival was a huge success Saturday!  Kids of all ages had a great time and enjoyed the prizes of backpacks and school supplies donated by guests of Hamanasi.  Congratulations to all of the participants and winners for excellent work on the creative and beautiful kites of the day.  If you’re traveling to Hamanasi soon, you can bring new or gently used backpacks for our “Backpack Project”.   The backpacks are put to great use!

-the Hamanasi “Green Team”

Hamanasi's Audrey McCaulay hands out backpacks as prizes! Beautiful!

Hamanasi Gets a New Look…On Our Blog!

Hamanasi is very excited to announce the launch of our new blog “Hamanasi Happenings”!  The new and improved look is beautiful, user-friendly, and you can send interesting posts straight to Facebook and Twitter and see a spectacular photo gallery in Flickr.  So check it out and spread the word!

                                   The Hamanasi Team

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Hopkins Village, Belize

Hamanasi Guides work with Students for the Love of Birding!

Hamanasi guides, Golden and Pedro, work with students from the local school to show them another side of nature!  The guides took the students birding in the Hopkins and Sittee River areas and to Red Bank Village to see the Scarlet Macaws.  These students have volunteered for the workstudy with the guides to learn more about birds in the surrounding area and their habitats.

Garifuna Women Stand Strong in Belize!

Hamanasi Front Desk/Reservations Associate, Gilda Eligio attended a symposium for Garifuna women over the past weekend. The symposium was organized by a Christian Women’s group from Minnesota, Open Doors, led by Anne Hinrichs. The group comes to Belize, specifically the Hopkins and the neighboring Garifuna villages of Seine Bight and GeorgeTown, for the purposes of ministering to women and teens about the role of women in the home, workplace, community and church, and to encourage women to be leaders and examples in all
aspects of the Garifuna life. During their week-long stay, they have daily services at the church or villages to minister to the people.They also organize projects and activities to help restore hope to the less fortunate by refurbishing their homes and painting it or changing old boards to new ones so that the families can be proud. Open Doors also brings “goodies” for the children and school supplies. they walk around the villages and give donations to families that are in
need. Pastor Herdie Castillo from the Hopkins Evangelical Church, Ligilisi Laureni Bungui, goes along with the group and introduces them to local families. Open Doors also follows up with each family to see how they are doing and send supplies, food and clothing to them after returning to Minnesota. The symposium and services were well-attended by the local women with more than 40 regular attendees… and crowds of children when the services are taken to the villages!

Unsung Heroes Award In Belize!

Nurse Judy - Belize Unsung Hero

Two very special Belizeans have been selected as national finalists in the 2009 First Caribbean International Bank’s Unsung Heroes Competition. Nurse Judith Cuellar-Krieg and Paul Bradley were recognized at a ceremony held Wednesday , October 21, 2009at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel, Belize City.
“Nurse Judy”, as she is affectionately known, runs the Equity House Clinic in Hopkins Village. She was born and raised in Belize City but moved to the USA to make a life for herself in the field of nursing. Five years ago, the Registered Critical Care Nurse moved to Hopkins along with her husband and young daughter to retire… but duty called. There was a need for medical care in the area and that is when Nurse Judy sprang into action and opened Equity House which provides healthcare to residents of Hopkins and the surrounding villages. Nurse Judy doesn’t have working hours; she is on call all day and all night. She is the “go to” person for us here at Hamanasi Resort! But Judith says that doesn’t make her a hero. She says she is just doing what comes naturally and what her mom, who also was a nurse, taught her. She also works closely with the doctors and nurses at the Southern Regional Hospital, the Ministry of Health and the community she serves.
The two local finalists will now compete in the Regional Unsung Heroes Competition against finalists in all the other countries and territories in which the bank operates. The region winner will be announced in December.
Congratulations and Good Luck to our very own Nurse Judy!!!