Flowers of Belize: Flor de Pato “Duck Flower”

flowers of Belize and Hamanasi

The biggest flower found in Belize A.grandiflora in full bloom in the Hamanasi garden.

The “Duck Flower (A.grandiflora) is the largest flower found around Belize and the Hamanasi garden.  Due to their large size and brilliant colors they make a stunning addition to the Hamanasi grounds.  There are 10 unique species found throughout Belize and many are often locally referred to as the “Contribo” or “Guaco” as well as the “Duck Flower”.  Many of these species are highly regarded as for their traditional medical use.  The flower can often be seen soaking in a bottle of rum at saloons.  Taken by the shot for everything from hangovers and flu to flatulence, late menstrual periods, and irregular heartbeat. But users beware, the A.grandiflora species contain Aristolochic acid which the American FDA has announced as a known carcinogen so their consumption is not without danger.  Best to look but don’t eat.

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The Duck Flower closed just a few days away from blooming.

For the aspiring gardener, several juvenile butterflies such as the swallowtail and cattleheart butterflies use the Duck Flower as a food source while in the larval stages, so adding the Duck Flower to the garden increases our likeliness to spot these beautiful butterflies.  During your visit to Belize ask a Hamanasi garden team member like Nathan to share with you this amazing flower.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2014″

“Every single staff member that crossed my path truly made my stay the best that if could be.  I really felt that I was part of a family.”

Bianca Brehen, Astoria, NY

“Great job! Very nice and relaxing.  Very responsive staff.  Thanks so much.”

Anne Robertson and Family, Marion, MA

“Everything was amazing.  I wouldn’t change a thing.  I loved all the eco efforts being made with the local food system.”

Jennifer and Damon Miller, Denver, CO

“Your service was outstanding!”

Emily and Chris Walker, Odessa, TX

“Love, Love, Love your Eco-friendly efforts!  One of the reasons I chose this resort for our first trip to Belize.  Everything was unbelizable!”

Amanda and Walter Evans, Eugene, OR

“Continue to invest in and develop your people – focused culture of excellence.  Well done and thanks!”

Charles and Branda Reed, Warm Springs, VA

“The service is perfect – keep doing exactly what you’re doing!”

Fredrick & Carolyn Stewart, Charlston, SC

“Service was top-notch!  Joy to stay at a resort that understands people are here to see nature and takes efforts to preserve it.”

Kerri Crawford, Saint Louis, MO

“Staying here was a dream! The rooms/grounds are gorgeous and the staff was eager to make our stay the best experience possible.”

Katie and Robert Bursley, Shreveport, LA

“Stay green! Live Sustainable! Their passion for what they do, their love of their country and their love for nature, that fever was contagious.”

Joseph Reeder, Colombia, MI

“More Donations For The Hopkins Health Center”

IMG_1516We give big Thanks to George Bolton and Sheri Bronfin for the medical supplies donated IMG_1517 IMG_1519 to the Hopkins Health Center.  George and Sheri stayed with us for a week in July 2014.  Melonie Flores a member for our #greenteam presented the donations to Dr. Valentine, the doctor in-charge here in Hopkins village.

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2014″

“Everyone was so kind and personable!  Great Customer Service!”

Pam Swaney, St.Louis, MO

“We are impressed with the eco-friendly efforts and strongly support the mission.  Every single person made our honeymoon the trip of a lifetime! Very personal attention and attention to detail throughout resort.”

Luke & Carolyn Head, Charleston, WV

“Keep as is – perfection cannot be messed it.”

Bonnie & Randy  Curry, Mision Viejo, CA

“You all are doing a fantastic job.  We like very much the personal attentiveness and small groups on tours.  Really makes a huge difference.”

Don & Judy Cates, Brunswick, GA

“Can’t improve on perfection!”

Irene Burns, Nokomis, FL

“The staff was very accommodating.  Every request was met with the response, “No problem”.  Every staff we came in contact with was always smiling and helpful.”

Courtney and John Tatum, St. Palm, CA

“Everything was fantastic!  I can’t wait to come back.”

Sam & Christian Johnson, Chicago, IL

“What a beautifully run resort.  Very efficient, professional and friendly.  Great job to all.”

Tessa Novak and Family,

“Don’t change a thing!”

Sara Hanner, Springfield, OR

“Everyone went out of their way to make our time here enjoyable.  We have travelled a lot over the past 30 years and have never had the attention given to us that Hamanasi has done – it is also evident that you give back to the community which means a lot.”

Diane & Henry Ansley, St Simon Island, GR

‘Everyone was fantastic!  Super friendly and helpful!  Everything was perfect.”

Amanda Schwinkendarf, Val Paraiso, IN

“You guys are the best!  You truly made us feel at home away from home!”

Karen Herrington and Family,

“Thanks you for a perfect honeymoon!”

Jennifer & Allista Howlett, Indianapolis, IN

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ May 2014″

“We had such a wonderful time.  Thank you for making the trip of a lifetime!  We hope to be back soon.”

Ben & Stephanie Miller, Leawood, KS

“Thank you for the awesome experience. Hamanasi made our annual “sisters-friends” get together a vacation we will never forget.  Continue to involve your guests in eco-friendly deeds and efforts to support the community.”

Brenda Richie,  Spring Brandy, TX

“If there is any aspect of service that Hamanasi has not thought of – and nearly perfected, I certainly can’t think of it.  This has been the trip of a lifetime!  Your respect for the environment really shows – BRAVO!”

Charles Huffman, Astoria, NY

“We thoroughly enjoyed our holidays at Hamanasi.”

Susanne & Peter Ditscheid, Germany

“Everyone on staff was very accommodating and friendly.  We really could not have asked for a better honeymoon!”

Nick & Andrea McKay, New Gloucester, ME

“This place is amazing!”

Randy & Cheryl Foreman, Las Vegas, NV

“From the composting to the use of wine bottles and toilet paper rolls.  It seems like you’ve thought of everything.  It’s nice to comet o a resort that is so conscious of water & the environment. It’s rare to find that, but we believe it’s so very important.  The entire staff is incredible. Everyone works so hard and it shows.”

Chris Mecklenburg, Fort Collin, CO

“Entire staff/property was outstanding.  We really enjoyed out stay.  I cannot think of anywhere we’ve received better attention to our every need.”

Wayne & Millie Bechtel, Ridgercrest, CA

“We can’t imagine anyway to improve the service we received at Hamanasi.  It was extremely professional and exceeded our expectations.”

Jennifer & Brandon Brown, Austin, TX

“We have been to many resorts from 1975 thur 2014, Hamanasi is the best!

Rich  & Dee Thomas, Mayrose, WI

 

“Missionary Group Donate To Hopkins Community”

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Lee Mann did her third trip to Hamanasi on May and this time she brought some missionary friends along with her.   They collected and brought donations for Mrs. Bertie Library and for the Hopkins Health Center.  Donation for the library was 24 packbacks with school supplies. The Health Center materials for preventing infection, drapes, gowns, caps,  gloves ,antiseptic, suture kits, bandages, tape , IV set up kits.  Dr. Valentine, the person in charge was very excited with this donation.

Lee commented “I am happy to  be of service to your community. Not only does this fulfill my vows to serve but I feel as if I have a real  family at Hamanasi and Hopkins”

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“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2014″

“Your commitment to eco-friendly practice is one of the main reasons we decided to come here.  Continue to be happy, smile and care about and for each other as team members.  Your guests enjoyment, quotient can only keep rising!”

George & Susan Yuhasz, Hot Springs, AR

“The exceptional service was a very big part of what made our honeymoon so special. We can’t imagine any possible way it could be better!”

Kevin & Megan Olson, Eau Claire, WI

“We really had a great time.  Sad to leave and can’t wait to come back.  Thank you so much for a wonderful vacation!”

Laurie Tyler, Niskayuna, NY

‘This resort is top notch, the customer service is outstanding!”

Grisel & Justin Dennis, Hawaii

“Continue your wonderful hospitality.  We don’t want to go home.  Our thanks to the wonderful people of Belize!”

Jim & Carson Beckemeyer, Walnut Creek, CA

“It was a vacation of a lifetime.”

Sheri & William Burlingame, Longview, TX

“Keep everything the same!  It was perfect.”

Chris Makowski, Coconut Creek, FL

“Somehow continue what you are doing.  Somehow  all your staff greeted us and mostly by name.  This may be the friendliest service experience ever!”

Jon & Nancy Gayle, Caramel Valley, CA

“You did a brilliant job of staff training.  We loved the c0nverstaoinal friendliness of all!”

Larry & Laurie Goldman, Irvington, NY

“Don’t change a thing!  Will make sure the beauty continue in Belize.  Your efforts will surely be embraced by other resorts.”

Trixy & Scott Burgress, Sioux Falls, SD

“It was a great part of this resort!  Loved all the effort put into conserving and helping the environment.

Michele Bilodeau and Family, Canada

 

 

“Hopkins 10th Annniersary Kite Festival”

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On March 29th, 2014 we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Hopkins Kite Fest.  The event start at 10am and there was a kite making workshop for the kids with all school supplies donated by local businesses and community.  In the afternoon everyone was flying their home made and shop bought kites.  The judging took place between 4-5pm and prizes were given out around 6pm.  There were 3 adults prizes, prize for the highest kite and 10 junior prizes.  All kids that were there lined up and got school supplies at the end of the day donated by the local businesses and community  Kit fes 1

Hamanasi Green Team lionfish ceviche went down a storm so much so that we sold out completely, also had organic garden produce, coconuts and fruit squash for sale. We raised over BZ$200 towards our Green Projects.   Kudos to the Hamanasi Green Team that donated time out to help at the booth.

 

“Belizean Storm Salad”

Another of our tasty special salad recipe!

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 Belizean Storm Salad

Pineapple   1 cup (medium dice)

 Spinach     2 cups (julienned)

Beets         1 cup (med dice)

Cucumber   2 cups (thinly sliced)

 Tomato       1 cup (julienned)

Cilantro       ¼ leaves

Green onion   1 bunch sprigs (for garnish)

 

Toss ingredients together then drizzle dressing over salad

 

Citrus vinaigrette

Lime juice

Orange juice

Olive oil

Salt

Pepper

 

 

Happy Cooking From

Hamanasi Kitchen staff

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ January 2014″

“Overall wonderful magnificent experience!”

Amanda and Nick Little, Menomonic, WI

“Staff was wonderful. Thank you all for making our honeymoon amazing and unforgettable.  We loved every minute of our stay.  Thanks again!”

Jessica and John Free, Boerne, TX

“Keep doing things this way its a great atmosphere.  Perfect size of resort to makes things feel very warm and friendly.”

Andrew Miller

“Your service is beyond and we’ve experienced on trips.  We compliment you and all your staff. Our time at Hamanasi has been one of the best of our whole life f travel experience.”

Marianne Mollenauer, San Mateo, CA

“The entire Hamanasi experience ma for an exceptional 50th birthday celebration! As a solo traveler I am so grateful to all the staff.”

Gretchen Baker, Walnut Creek, CA

“We enjoyed everyone knowing our names and making an effort to help us always.”

John and Jennifer Simpson, Huntsville, ON

“Everything exceeded our expectation.”

Frank and Katie, Stuart, FL

“Congratulations! We need more eco-conscious folks like you at Hamanasi in this world!”

Ursula and Richard Wertz, Sacramento, CA