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!!!

Hamanasi & Humane Society Team Up for Success in Belize!

Hamanasi recently helped sponsor free veterinary clinics for Hopkins Village. Hamanasi supports many local village projects, including the Hopkins Belize Humane Society (HBHS). The veterinary team from Oxford, Mississippi of Kathy Kvam, Kerry O’Donoghue, Jack Williams and Clara Lee Arnold enjoyed a fantastic stay at Hamanasi while working at the local clinic. This visit was the second trip to Hopkins and Hamanasi for the vet team, who love to combine a lot of hard work at the vet clinics with some great Hamanasi fun!

Thanks to the efforts of the HBHS, Hamanasi and the vet team from Mississippi, over 50 local animals were given free spay/neuter surgeries, and another 40 free veterinary care, including deworming, flea and tick removal, wound care, and many, many other treatments.
Hamanasi supports the HBHS in an ongoing basis to help the people and animals in the village of Hopkins to live happier, healthier lives!
Please feel free to bring donations to help Hamanasi’s effort on your next visit!

Our Belize resort flies high during Kite Festival 2009

HOPKINS’ KITE FESTIVAL 2009
Hamanasi is once again proud to contribute to the annual
Hopkins Kite Festival 2009.
This event provides the opportunity for children of all ages to come and build their own kites to enter in the Kite Festival contest.
Prizes are given for various categories and ages.
Hamanasi provides prizes to be given to the winners.
Congratulations to all participants and organizers!

Flash Flooding Near Hamanasi


Flash flooding on June 01, 2008 was quite a surprise to everyone living in the Stann Creek District of Belize. Most residents had never seen such water levels in their lifetime. Hamanasi’s gardens and walkways were temporarily turned into rivers. Luckily though, the water receded as quickly as it had come. the next day, the water was only puddles, and power and water were restored to the hotel by early afternoon. Hamanasi is back to normal operations 100%.
Unfortunately, many nearby villages and residents were not as lucky. Ongoing relief efforts in the area have rallied the community and support from across Belize. Hamanasi is continuing to send linens, clothing, school supplies, and food items to Sittee River and Hope Creek, the villages hit the hardest by the flooding. Many people lost all of their belongings.
Thank you to our guests who were and continue to be understanding and supportive of our efforts; both in our commitment to maintain our high standard of customer service, and to our efforts to assist the communities in need.

Take your Belize vacation to the roads!

Hamansi now has Golf Carts to add to our list of “things to do and see” while in Belize! The carts are perfect for exploring the nearby villages of Hopkins and Sittee River…