“Hopkin’s Day 2012″

This weekend in Hopkins is a festive and fun place to be. The intense beating of drums followed by singing and dancing will welcome you as you enter the sleepy fishing village of Hopkins. It makes the 71st year of the arrival of the Garifuna to Hopkins, and Hopkins Day has been celebrated since 1990. It is a festival that grows every year. and aside from the villages more and more Belizean people from other parts of the country are coming to be a part of this cultural festival.

There will be lots of fun games and drumming entertainment with a variety of cultural and Belizean food for everyone during the day. Saturday night will come alive with the Punta fest where many bands from around the country will be participating.

Join us and let’s all celebrate in one of Belize growing tourist destination.

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2012″

“We loved everything and we are going home relaxed with many memories!”

Jeannette Bustos and Gerome Segarra, Daly City, CA

“Hamanasi is not inexpensive but the value we received for our dollar was more than fair and i don’t begrudge a single cent we spent. You are more than a first class organization and all of you should be very proud of your product.”

Bob Amick and Family, Simpsonville, SC

“Keep doing what y’all are doing. I’ve never stayed at a hotel with friendlier or more hospitable employees.”

Juliet and Brandy Pierce, Colorado Springs, CO

“Everything was perfect! We had a dream wedding and my father-in-law said it was the best wedding he has ever been to!”

Sandy and Scott Fischer, Chicago, IL

“We thoroughly enjoyed all services and greatly appreciated the hospitality. Thank you Hamanasi staff!”

Daniel and Jamie Schaetz, Austin, TX

“My expectations were high to begin with given all the amazing reviews. Exceeding those expectations was truly a wonderful experience.”

Aaron Duncan, Pittsburg, TX

“Everything was excellent, so much attention to detail.”

Darcy and Brian Walsh, McLean, VA

“Hamanasi is a tropical paradise where everyone knows your name.”

Ed and Sue, Cary, NC

“Everything really was amazing even down to the smallest details. We will be back!”

Kristin and Ruth Phillips, Belmar, NJ

“Each staff member went above and beyond. Excellent staff and we love them all. Keep it the way it is – keep it small and do not expand to large. Do not want to lose the personal touch.”

Anita Roy and Harold Jenkins, Bronx, NY

“You are all beyond perfection!”

Lynne Patin and Irene Payne, Reno, NV

 

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book – May 2012″

“Every staff member we met made us feel welcome and cared for. Thank you for caring about our planet.”

Kevin and Lucy Norwood, Rawlins, WY

“Continue doing what you’re doing because you are getting it right. This is our favorite destination and coming here feels like coming home. you are to be commended for your work in promoting and implementing sound eco-tourism. Hamanasi should be held up as a model to other resorts on how to get it right.”

Hector and Pam Gomez, New Orleans, LA

“Do not ever change. This is the best vacation I have ever had!”

Ronda Mears, Rochester, WA

“Keep the resort small and intimate.”

Kim & Dave Corbin-Lewis, Moab, UT

“Your Eco friendly effort is what brought us here and what you do is very impressive. We are happy you contribute to the community.”

Dorothy Giersch and Family, Ridgefield, CT

“Service was absolutely perfect! Wonderful honeymoon destination.”

Jena & Alston Rush, Edmond, OK

“Service is impeccable – top notch!”

Susanna & Colin Moriarty, Athens, GA

“Everything was wonderful. I was really impressed by the green house and the efforts to keep a low impact.”

“Excellent room and tremendous service! We will definitely stay here again.”

Mark Meese and family, Jenks, OK

David Yablick and Hannah Carmack, Fairdealing, MO

“All I can say is thank you and all was fabulous + brilliant. Lots of love and see you soon!”

Bhavni Bhakoo, Winnepeg, Canada

 

“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.