While we were closed in September for yearly renovations, Dive Master Shawn Lozano better known as “C-Dog” took time out of his vacation to go to Honduras and attend the PADI Instructor Development Course with Utila Divers. The course is run by Andy Phillips and it took two weeks to complete. It entailed long days of class and water works culminating in a two day exam which he sailed thru. C-Dog has now join the ranks of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and he is very enthusiastic for this coming season as a Hamanasi Instructor. He is looking forward to creating fantastic new divers and impart his knowledge of the marine environment with his new students. Hamanasi is very proud of his efforts and wishes him the best of luck!
Below is a selection of comments from guests at Hamanasi this September. From the Hamanasi staff to all of our guests this past month, Thank you for coming. We hope you had a great time, and we can’t wait to have you back!
“I have travelled many places in my life and this is by far one of the most fabulous boutique resorts I have stayed at.”
Maureen Evaskevich, Alberta, Canada
“Our stay has been absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for all your eco friendly efforts.”
Marsha McArthur, Parker, CO
“Don’t grow too much and too fast to lose that venture one on one service attitude, that personal by name friendship your staff builds is perfect. We’ve spend many vacations in the tropics over the years and I wish we’d have found Hamanasi sooner.”
David & Pam Metzger, Amherst, OH
“What a welcome change to stay with a family who cares so much about leaving as little negative impact as possible.”
Jana & William Sprayberry, Boerne, TX
“Continue doing what you do. You’ve got it down right!”
William Roell and Family, Waynesville, MO
“Beautification Project in Hopkins Village for National Service Day”
To commemorate the life, work, dedication and service of late Hon George Cadle Price, the Hamanasi Green Team (HGT) was involved in a beautification project at Holy Family RC School in Hopkins Village on September 19, 2012.
In reference, the Right Honorable George Cadle Price, was born on January 15, 1919 at the Price Family Home at number 3 Pickstock Street in Belize City which was to remain his home until his death on 19 September 2011 – three day’s short of the 30th Anniversary of Belize’s Independence – his crowning achievement. Mr. Price is one of the founders of the People’s United Party and the architect of the country’s independence, and is referred to as the Father of the Nation (Dr. John Waight, George Price Eulogy).
Before noon, the HGT planted over 225 plants which included 177 coconuts, 6 palms, 6 Hamans and 36 crotons around the library, old school ground, park and Holly Family School. The zealous, determined, nature loving and community centered team was able to attain success with the assistance of the principal, students and volunteers from the village, including the village chairman.
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!
Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort was awarded 2nd for Top 25 Hotels for “Best Service” in the World and 3rd for Top 25 Hotels in the World. Julie Cassitini-TripAdvisor says “In total, 3,943 properties globally have been recognized this year with dedicated lists featured for 30 countries and eight regions worldwide. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.”
Many other properties in Belize such as The Phoenix Resort, Xanadu Resort and Coco Plum Resort were also awarded by Travelers’ Choice 2012.
Your Hamanasi family sincerely thank you for choosing us as your vacation destination and took time to write and share your Hamanasi experience with the world.
Sr. Don Lopez is part of the Hamanasi family and has been diving with us for the past 6 years. He was here with us in June 2011 and stayed at All Seasons Guest house for over a month and he dove with us every day. He would not miss out a chance to go diving for anything in this world.
On his last visit he brought some softball sport equipment and donated it to the Hopkins softball team and surely took some time off to give the girls from the team some few helpful tips. Lopez charisma and good sense of humor always brings a smile to your face and the people of Hopkins have come to love him and do look forward to his yearly visits.
Happy Father’s Day
Sunday, June 19th 2011
Appetizers Choice of
Half & Half Soup
Of beets and baby pumpkin kissed with sour cream served with grilled crostini
Pitaya Tartare Salad
Made of in season pitahi, pineapple and crisp cucumbers folded with cilantro vinaigrette
With roasted sweet pepper mayonnaise
Green Plantain Tapas
Fried mashed green plantain topped with diced vegetables and bleu cheese, served with a black bean sweet corn chutney
Curry Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin rubbed with curry spices, oven roasted and deglazed with guava jelly topped with pineapple salsa served along side gratin herbed coco
Blackened Lime Chicken
Tender blackened lime chicken breast pan cooked and served with sun-dried-tomato-basil pesto linguini
White Wine & Capers Grilled Snapper
Grilled fillet of red snapper drizzled with white wine-capers-butter sauce, served with a fruity petite green salad
Land & Sea
Grilled beef tenderloin steak spiked with garlic-orange reduction served with grilled lobster tail with roasted herbed potato and sautéed vegetable
Banana cupcakes topped with fluffy peanut butter buttercream, caramelized bananas and garnished with crispy bacon
John McConnell, founder of International Earth Day stated, “Let every individual and institution now think and act as responsible trustees of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure.” Consider:
¨ Nearly 90 % of plastic bottles go un-recycled and end up in the sea.
¨ Plastics are purely synthetic. They are not found in nature.
¨ Avid recyclers can still go greener by giving up plastic bottles entirely.
In its quest to be ever more sustainable, Hamanasi is starting the month of April 2011 on a greener foot. Each Hamanasi guest will be given a refillable stainless steel water bottle to use during his stay and take home as a souvenir. Throughout the resort, in every room and on tours purified water is available to refill water bottles. Please be sure to bring your bottle with you on tours!
We hope you will enjoy using your Hamanasi water bottle while in Belize and at home. All of us at Hamansi– including you! — are working together for a better, eco-friendly environment!
One of the most popular inventors of the United States, and a frequent guest of Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort; Eric Knight visited the Holy Family school in Hopkins on February 1st, 2011 to talk about inventions with the students of Standard XI.
Mr. Knight displayed a variety of his inventions. He also talked with the students about rockets, as well as his latest book: The New Race to Space.
“The students were amazing,” Mr. Knight said. “They were quite knowledgeable about scientific breakthroughs around the world. We even talked about high-speed trains, electric cars, even a newly developed flying car. We also discussed the Space Shuttle and the future of space travel.”
Mr. Knight continued, “These mostly 12-year-old students were talented and engaging. It’s clear that many of the leaders of Belize tomorrow are right here in Hopkins today.”
Hamanasi would like to thank Eric and his wife Elsie for taking time out of their vacation to share their passion for inventions with our children. We look forward to hearing all updates on their new inventions and having them back with us again in 2012.
“The month of November is now gone and with it the legends of Las Animas or the spirits of the deceased. But these are not all the ghost stories. Still there is the ever-popular El Sisimito, who was very common twenty-five years ago.
El Sisimito was characterized as a very short but very strong man that was hairy and looked like a gorilla. El Sisimito was said to have his feet backwards. In other words, his heels were at the front and the toes at the back. Therefore whenever you saw his footprints, if it looked like they were going north or away from you, indeed he was heading south and towards you. His feet were quite large for his size and his toes were spread out. Neither did he have a knee, so his movements were quite awkward.
(Illustration from Characters and
Caricatures in Belizean Folklore)
The Sisimito ate fruits and leaves, but his preference was meat. When he feasted on human beings, he tore the body into several small pieces and devoured it hungrily. The Sisimito was not at all friendly with humans so humans were very much afraid of him. There were only two things the Sisimito was afraid of- water and dogs. And there was the trick. Whenever in the bush, 25 years ago, people made sure they were close enough to the river so that if the Sisimito surprised them, they would quickly jump into the water and the Sisimito would not dare get in to catch them. Others made sure they always carried a dog with them into the bush and the dog’s barking would scare the Sisimito.
It was said that if a man looked straight into the Sisimito’s eyes, he usually died within a month. However, if a woman looked into his eyes her life was prolonged as a result of that.
“So, you cannot say that you were not warned.” says Mercy. She had a very attentive audience that were thrilled to hear the Belizean Folklore. Her poise and mannerism made for a good show with the children. Ms. Mercy, although not from Hopkins is a traditional Garifuna woman with a talent to tell Belizean Folklore whether in Spanish, Creole or Garifuna with a lasting expression that will dwell in your minds.