“Donation to Summer Bible School”

The Sittee River Seventh Day Adventist Church hosted a summer vacation Bible School program for a week where over 32 children from Sittee River Village attended. Mrs. Shelmadine Robinson, born and raised in Sittee River was the organizer of this event and was very happy with the attendance. She is a children lover and is very passionate of giving back to the kids and community. Art and Crafts, singing, acting classes and many more fun activities were all included in the program.

 

Thanks to all our guest who have contributed and continue to supporting our Back to School program, with your assistance we were able provide suitable supplies along with school bags to the children  who attended this year  Summer Bible School Program.

 

 

“Introduction of Mr. Juan Pedro Tun To The Hamanasi Family”

Hamanasi Green Team In emphasizing our commitment to Eco Tourism, Hamanasi continues to implement environmentally friendly practices. Such practices range from the conservation of water and energy, finding natural cleaning solutions that are cost efficient and protecting our natural surroundings without compromising quality service and accommodations. In addition to these efforts, we are committed in raising awareness by properly educating our staff and our guests about what it means to be ecofriendly. In so doing we have gone as far as hiring qualified personnel to provide such education. In this months’ issue of our newsletter we are featuring  Mr. Juan Pedro Tun, an organic farmer and educator. Mr. Tun is originally from the village of Santa Familia in the Cayo District, located in the western part of Belize. Due to his qualifications and expertise he has been hired as a consultant in the development of our Greenhouse efforts and environmental sustainability projects. Mr. Tun is of Yucatan Mayan, Hispanic and Creole Descent. Before 1998 during the years of his young adulthood Mr. Juan Pedro Tun left his native Belize to adventure and travel throughout South and Central America and reached as far as North America , during which time he sustained himself and afford his travels by working many odd jobs in each place he settled. Juan Pedro inherited his father’s farm land and livestock after his father passed away.  Throughout the years that followed he started experimenting ways he could reduce the use of chemicals and to eventually produce completely organic fruits and vegetables.  We are very enthusiastic about this new addition to our Hamanasi Family! Mr. Tun is an asset to our country and to this company that with his knowledge and background together we will be able to accomplish much more.

“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

 

 

 

 

“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!

 

“April – Green Newsletter”

Hamanasi Migratory and Native Bird Population

 Figure 1: Plain Chachalaca

Hamanasi has kept and embraced its reputation as an eco-friendly resort in Belize’s Tourism Industry, and in its assurance in sustaining a unique image by preserving the environment and its biodiversity, the company’s rainforest guides have been conducting a migratory and native bird population study for a period of six (6) months. In the facilitation of the study, an onsite birding has been scheduled, and is ongoing for at least once every week, by three (3) inland guides who are Pedro, Lorenzo and Golden. The guides been have conducting the studies around the property from March 21, 2012 to April 4, 2012, and they have recorded 32 species of birds. Most of the bird species were sighted in more than two (2) occasions, in which the sighting frequency was 2.19. Our guests, especially those who are bird lovers, are welcomed to participate in the studies along with our gregarious and enthusiastic inland guides.

 

“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! 

 

“Royal visit to Belize”

Prince Harry is expected to arrive in Belize on Friday, March 2nd, 2012 as a part of the celebration to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s II Diamond Jubilee. The Prince will be visiting Belmopan and San Ignacio during his whirlwind visit to Belize for which the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with the Government of Belize has organized a packed schedule of activities for him to maximize his visit to the country.

Hopkins was chosen as the destination to represent the Garifuna Booth in the street festival welcoming Prince Harry to Belize. Chef Bernard from Jaguar Reef Lodge along with our very own Chef Sheridan and Chef Marcia were chosen to prepare and serve Prince Harry and all invited guests with our traditional delectable Garifuna dishes. Along with the Garifuna booth, there will be a Creole and Mestizo Booth.

It is being said that the Prince wants to dance to the Punta music and drink our Beliken beer. There will be professional cultural dancers and entertainment for this event.

We are all super excited and even more incredibly honored for this once in a lifetime opportunity and we want to welcome Prince Harry to Belize!