“New Trash Bins for the Village”

trashbintrash bin 1Green Team participated in the trash bin competition which was held by the Hopkins Village Council on Sept 14 2013.

All businesses in the community were invited to take part in this effort to encourage and educate the Hopkins community to keep a clean and green environment for everyone.  Over five different companies participated and all were winners for helping to keep the village Clean!

 

 

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ August 2013″

“Everything surpassed our expectations. We came here as new diver because we wanted an operation we could trust and we found that here.”

Beth and Chris Rugg, Freeville, NY

“Keep doing what you are doing!!  Don’t change a thing about your great service.”

Roger and Susan Morgan and Family, Southlake, TX

“It’s early perfect!  We couldn’t have asked for a better honeymoon. I can’t think of anything we would have wanted different.”

Sean and Christy Wagner, Lakewood, OH

“We love that you are doing your best to protect the environment, this place is beautiful.’

 Bramdi Badie and Charles Rendles, Decatur, IL

“The eco-friendly efforts is one of the main reasons we choose Hamanasi.  All the details down to composting the extra food, is great and makes one feel good about vacationing here.”

Nick and Nathalie Hand, Philadelphia, PA

“Well trained staff, beautiful grounds and rooms.”

Svetlana Troshina, Pacifica, CA

“Everyone here was amazing!  We had a wonderful honeymoon and look forward to coming back in a few years.”

Nicholas and Collie Kresta, East Bernard, TX

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ July 2013″

“You guys really do a phenomenal job with service.  we can all tell the training the staff receives it top-notch, appreciate how many staff are loved.”

Andrew Wishnia and Chelsea Hanson, Washington, DC

“All aspects of service were excellent from wait staff to divshop to guides.”

Nick and Joanna Voichick, Madison, WI

“Keep doing what you’re doing – hiring people who truly enjoy their job because it shows.  I’ve never stayed somewhere with such and exceptional staff.

Reagan Flume, Austin, TX

“Don’t grow too quickly.  Your size and the personal attention we got is what will bring us back!”

Keith and Jane Miller, West Henrietta, NY

“Everything was perfect!”

Lauren Bronfman, Miami, FL

“Our trip was better than expected!  we always felt safe and comfortable. This was the perfect vacation for our family. Thank you for taking such good care of us!”

Michael Montgomery and Family, Land O’ Lakes, FL

“We had a wonderful time and every request was met with “YES”.”

Ken Montgomery and Family, Franklin Lakes, NJ

“Impressed by the efforts hopefully it will become a practice from other areas of Belize soon!”

Mike and Susan Cole, Rocklin, CA

 

“Zan Art Classes”

Gail Morris a repeat guest, recently returned to Belize to introduce her daughter, Zan Morris to the Hamanasi family.  Zan contributed to the Hopkins community by doing four separate arts & crafts classes with the children at the local library. The kids ranged from five to twelves years old and were so excited.  Zan supplied all the materials, she gave very basic instructions and encouraged the kids to be creative in their own unique ways.  Some of the projects Zan did with the kids were :

-painted wooden masks (elephant, pirate, flower,  and lion masks)

-made God’s eyes (weaving yarn around craft sticks)

-decorate/painted star and fairy wands

-drawing using washable markers

-painting with Tempera paints

-jewelry making

-abstract art using craft sticks

-decorating and painting bags

-painting sun catchers

-painting/decorating their own plastic “school supply” box

-using glitter and stickers

-face painting (me painting their faces and them painting my face)

The children were particularly fond of having their faces painted. Aside from the four hour and a half hour art classes, Zan spent a couple afternoons painting faces at the playground.  Each class consisted of twelve students. Some students attended more than one class. All together,  Zan had about 30 students. Around 50 children got their faces painted throughout the week she was here.

Zan commented “I had a wonderful time!! The children in Hopkins are very polite, sweet enthusiastic and creative!”

She surely added big smiles to all the children from Hopkins that assisted her classes!  A huge THANKS to Zan for taking time out from her vacation to contribute to the Hopkins Community.

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“Lopez Donation To Mrs. Bertie Hopkins Community Library”

Miss Bertie’s Hopkins Community Library was established in 2008 by U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer Bertie Lee Murphy. She became a Peace Corps Volunteer in June 2007, following a distinguished career in both the corporate world and in public service. Bertie was a vivacious and dedicated member of the Peace Corps family and served with distinction as an Education Volunteer in Belize, where she was an elementary education teacher-trainer in the southern village of Hopkins. Universally loved and respected, Bertie had recently repurposed a local building into a library filled with personal and donated books.

Donald Lopez an American citizen from California has been diving with Hopkins Divers for the past seven years and calls Hopkins his second home.  Every year Lopez donates to the community and this year was no exception.  He brought with him a custom built single speed bicycle, this was his only mode of transport for the few months that he stayed in Hopkins – he generously auctioned it off and all proceeds went to Mrs. Bertie Library.  It was a good turnout and BZ$205  was the final offer by Pam owner of Windschief.

Thanks to everyone that enthusiastically and generously participated and congrats to Pam on her new bike!O

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ June 2013″

“Everything was special and perfect!”

Gabby Jean and David Stein, Boston, MA

“Keep your staff!  They made the experience.  I am very proud and happy to see your eco-friendly efforts.  So good of you to  keep nature and real world issues in mind.”

The Thomas Family, Ephrata, WA

“We come here because we like to support the local community; Hamanasi really does its part with respect to local sustainability.”

Greg & Tammy Clifton, Telluride, CO

“Keep doing what you’re doing.”

Melissa and Seth Denison, Miami, FL

“Everyone was so friendly, positive, smiling and that was the best part of the vacation.  Felt very safe too!”

Lisa and Nicole Vaneered, Ontario, Canada

“I love the concept of Hamanasi and was very happy we were able to experience it and support the local community.”

Anicka Rodgers and Family, Nokomis, FL

“It was 5 out of 5 – SUBERB!  So personal – so relaxing!”

John and Cindy Griffin, Virginia Beach, VA

“Great Honeymoon!  We loved everyone and everything!  Attention to detail is outstanding!  We will miss being here.”

Paul and Tanya Massey, Gilbert, AZ

“Continue what you are doing, it is working!”

Charla McEachin, Santa Fe, NM

“Everyone was awesome  – loved the personal service.”

Pam Kettering and Family, Redlands, CA

“Impressive!  My main concern is that the business model contributes to the local economy as well as the owners.”

Rachel Alete, Geneva, Switzerland

“You blew our minds with amazingness!”

Jared Weekly, Ideyld Park, OR

 

 

 

“Hamanasi’s Chocolate Brownie”

 

One of our guests’ favorite desserts is our Home Made Brownie!  Now you can enjoy it at home.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz unsweetened chocolate squares
  • 1 cup butter
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 ½ cup  Bebe Agua or All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp. salt

 

Method

  1. Melt chocolate and butter in double boiler and set aside
  2. In mixer, beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at high speed for 10 minutes
  3. Blend in chocolate mixture, flour and salt until just combined
  4. Pour into a baking pan
  5. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
  6. Brownie should be done on the outside and gooey on the inside.

 

Happy Baking & Eating

From

Hamanasi’s Kitchen Staff

“Hamanasi Green Team Makes Presence on Cacao Chocolate Festival 2013″

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Members of the Hamanasi Green Team took time out of their busy schedules to attend this year’s annual Cacao Chocolate festival. It was a 3 day event and the finale took place at the central plaza of Lubaantun San Pedro Columbia in Toledo district on May 26th, 2013. The participants were: Juan Tun, Chalita Salam, Suzet Matute, Chris Che, Martin Carr, Therese Roches, Jackie Gamboa, Audrey MaCaulay (cashier) and Francine Matute (organizer).

Our Green Team love to get out there and create awareness about our environment. They set up a stall bursting with information about Lionfish and the threat that it has on the reef, Hamanasi organic gardening, Composting, Vermin-culture and of course they are always handy with some green tips. IMG_3740

Prizes were given out to all the people that visited and participated with answering specific eco-friendly questions. There was Lionfish ceviche and coconut water for sale. They had a very successful day.

“Green Team Participates”

 

IMG_3150The Hamanasi Green Team participated at the Holy family School Fair March 2013. This energetic team had 1 goal in mind, to create as much awareness about our environment and the impact we have on it, and to achieve this they set out to impart their knowledge to the local Hopkins residents.

They had a fresh supply of Lion Fish Ceviche for sale – and gave out interesting facts of what damage this fish does to our reef system and how we can help by eliminating or at least decreasing the numbers. Less than 20% of residents did not know that lion fish is edible and so tasty!

Fresh produce like lettuce, bok choy, cabbage and herbs from Hamanasi’s organic garden were on display and the team encouraged the benefits of backyard gardening and composting.

They also talked about the goals of each department within Hamanasi Resort and all the eco-friendly products that are used at the Resort.IMG_3160

The team also had lots of fun giving out some Prizes; all you had to do was answer an easy question to win a Hamanasi t-shirt, water bottles or a lunch voucher for the restaurant. 100 coconuts plants were given away to be planted. The feedback from the public was very positive and refreshing. Overall is was a successfully event for everyone

 

“Hamanasi Guest Book ~ March 2013″

“You made us feel like family!”

Stephen Brodovsky and family, Winnipeg, Canada

“Everyone was extremely helpful and kind. it was a pleasure to be around people who really like their  jobs!

Julie Greer, Seattle, WA

“Just keep on doing all the special things you do – it was amazing how everyone knew our names; checked on us frequently and went the extra effort to accommodate us.”

Tom Strike and Family, Winnipeg, Canada

“I thought that among all luxury properties to where I’ve travelled, this had the best service I’ve experience.”

Michael and Donna Levy,

“We are Travel Agents and this was absolutely one of the best vacations ever!”

Rodney and Lisa George, Saint Louis, MO

“Unbelievable!!! So happy to see how everything is used to potential in the organic garden.”

Valerie and Patrick Harwood, Omaha, NE

“Service is the highlight of the resort!”

Wayne Parman and Jana Obrien, Oak Park, IL

“Everyone was so friendly and helpful during our stay. It’s one of the reasons we want to come back. Thank you for being and eco-friendly resort, this was an important part of choosing Hamanasi for us. Keep up the good work!”

Marie-Andree Lamando, Montreal, Canada

“The best vacation of my life, a true vacation. Best customer service I have ever received anywhere.”

Joe and Lynee Fornes, Greenville, NC

“You guys have it perfect!”

Brian Daugbjerg Family, Longview, TX

“You’ve already worked so hard to make this such an incredible place.”

Joshua and Anna Kollaja, Westminster, CO

“Not one way could our visit been more perfect! Our whole trip we felt life family. Every little request was met and with attention and speed we couldn’t hope to expect.”

Jesse and Whitney Hill, Bentonville, AR

“Service was impeccable from dining wait staff to diving/snorkeling staff to grounds personnel and tour guides. You understand service!”

Rose and Ronald Anderson, Renton, WA

“Everything and everybody was top-notch!”

Becky and Salomon Toelkes, Glenpool, OK

“Continue doing the quality of products/services currently provided. Customer service was top drawer, consistently.  A wonderful place , very special trip!”

Pam Gibbes and Ray Smith, Fort Mill, SC

“This is the best service I have ever had!”

Lisa Rich and Family, Brookfield, WI

“You are doing a great job of hiring well and paying attention to detail! Keep it up.”

Tim and Lee Laing, Eden Mills, Ontario