“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!

 

“Joining hands with the World in Planting for Tomorrow”

Hamanasi joins Earth Day 2012! Our Hamanasi team is dedicated to the environment. Everyone on the Hamanasi team has been inspired to plant a tree somewhere in Belize today. We in Belize are so blessed with a fabulous eco-system and we have a commitment to maintain our environment as mother earth intended. We wish all our friends every success with their individual efforts for Earth Day!

“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!

“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! 

 

“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.

“Happy animals, thanks to the HBHS”

In November, the Hopkins Belize Humane Society had free spay/neuter and treatment clinics with vet sisters, Dr. Linda Leavell and Dr. Lisa Kelly. In three days, the two vets performed just over 70 procedures, including spays/neuters, tumor removals, tooth extractions, and other much needed surgeries.  Plus, over 40 exams and treatments. Including house calls done by HBHS representatives, over 130 animals were cared for in the November clinics.

HBHS is a very active organization. Vets from several countries have been to Hopkins to donate their services to Belize. In 2012, HBHS will have their busiest year of free vet clinics ever, hosting several new teams to the area, and many returning to Belize for second, third, and even fourth visits!

Hamanasi is proud to be a big supporter of HBHS! Through donating room and board, tours, jewelry sales, vehicle maintenance, and many other behind the scene assistance, Hamanasi is able to provide support for the people and animals of Hopkins, and surrounding villages. We invite our guests to bring donations for HBHS when you come to visit Hopkins, or make a donation while you are here to directly benefit HBHS.



“Backpack Project – Another wonderful success”

Hamanasi Backpack Project Continues… Thanks to all our guest that made a contribution whether big or small towards our Pack Back Project. More than seven dozen of back packs filled with school supplies were distributed to the less fortunate children of the Hopkins Holy Family Primary School.

From kinder to eight grade, the students that received a backpack were very happy and thankful for these thoughtful gifts.  A helpful hand goes a long way in a child’s learning and education!

Thank again to all the loving contributors who helped this project to be a success!

“Hamanasi Guest Book – October 2011″

Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this October.  From the Hamanasi staff to all our guests this last month, thanks for coming, we hope you had a great time and we can’t wait to have you back!

“Amazing resort and staff!”

Leanne and Andrew Kozel, Edmondton, Canada

A phenomenal job! Love the eco policy, the engagement with guest and building of awareness about local community.  Also the way you invite guest to get involved.”

Charmaine Sealey, Barbados

“The hospitality was excellent.  Thank you for making our time here so magical!”

Denyce and KarMulflur, Portland, OR

“We loved the remoteness and not dealing with big crowds.”

Jon and Teresa Larson, Ephraim, UT

“Love it! As Canadians, we really value the extra effort you take to recycle, compost, grow your own veggies and minimize the footprint…and love the soap dishes!”

Sunil and Kamini Mistry, Montreal, Canada

“Thank you for helping me escape the world for a week.  It was not just service with a smile but with joy and kindness.”

Heather and Iner Colley, Atlanta, GA

“Everything was great – keep it up!”

A.B, Escondido, CA

“It was wonderful to have such an eco friendly atmosphere.  Everyone who works here has an appreciation for the nature here in Belize and that was wonderful to see.”

Maeve and Ben Hodes, Kansas City, MO

“The service was exceptional.  The staff was friendly and our family enjoyed the peaceful environment.”

Solangel Vasquez, Belize City

“Your staff was so kind and helpful.  They genuinely care about us and really went out of their way to make sure our stay was great.  We really appreciated all that they did for us- we will recommend you to all our friends, family and we will definitely be back!”

Ryan and Fadra McPhee, Brooklyn, NY

“It was 5 star all the way.  Thanks for everything!”

Dean and Joanne Demers,  Lake Forest, CA

 

“Happy Garifuna Settlement Day”

Today November 19th we celebrate Garifuna Settlement day. This day was founded as early as 1941 by Thomas Vincent Ramos and the first Garinagu settlers arrived the village of Hopkins in 1845.  After 166 years, the people of Hopkins still live the Garifuna culture and tradition to the fullest.

Garifuna Settlement day  is celebrated throughout Belize and  re-tells the story of hardship, freedom and a new beginning for the first Garinagu settlers in Belize. The Garifuna Culture adds a very unique blend of African & Caribbean flavors to our beautiful country.  Today we thank them for everything from the flavors and delicious food dishes to the contagious fast beat drumming which is a very addictive rhythm.