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Kokoda Trekkers Hall of Fame

Our Kokoda Trekking (KTL) - Hall of Fame shows all the names of our past trekkers and also up to date statistics:

We at Kokoda Trekking would like to thank past trekkers for their support and confidence in choosing us as their preferred operator. To all future trekkers, we look forward to meeting you in 2008

KOKODA TREKKING (KTL) STATISTICS:

As at the 31st December 2011, we are proud to announce that we have taken well in excess of 4000 trekkers safely across the Kokoda Trail.

Many years in a row we have taken more trekkers on the Kokoda Track than any other operator. This is indeed something we are proud of. Our Kokoda operation is PNG run and you can be assured your money employs hundreds of porters and guides from Kokoda and surrounding areas right up to Sogeri. We have invested heavily in motor vehicles; satellite radios; two way radios; Orohaven Kokoda Retreat and other equipment we feel necessary to run successful Kokoda Treks.

KOKODA CHALLENGE RACE - 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2011:

In 2004 I arrived home one day to find our porters disappointed that Brian Freeman had broken the track record. They felt the record should belong on PNG soil. Russell and I discussed this and decided that in 2005 we would run a race so that the local boys could try and win back the record and their pride. John Hunt Hiviki not only broke the record, he smashed it. Last year we decided to change direction and run the race from the Ower's Corner end. Brendan Buka won the race in 17 hours 49 minutes.

Update 31st August, 2008: Once again Brendan Buka has re written the history books when he broke his old record to win the 2008 Kokoda Challenge Race in a record time of 16:34:05.

2005 - Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Kokoda to Owers' Corner - 28th August, 2005 - Winner - John Hunt Hiviki Time 22:14:01

2006 Kokoda Challenge- Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on 26th August, 2006 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 17:49:17

2007 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 26th August, 2007 - Winner - Tom Hango (KTL) - Time: 19:07

2007 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Kokoda to Owers' Corner on the 26th August, 2007 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 17:20

2008 Kokoda Challenge - Track Record Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 30th August, 2008 - Winner - Brendan Buka (KTL) - Time: 16:34:05

2011 Kokoda Challenge - Race Winner - Owers' Corner to Kokoda on the 27th August 2011 - Brendan Buka (KTL) in a time of 17:50:33.

Placings:

1. Brendan Buka 17:50:33
2. Andrew Yauga 19:10:06
3. Horace Yauga 20:18:36
3. Moses Buka 20:18:36
5. Luana Nagas 20:34:37
6. Samson Joheri 22:40:19
7. Cyprian Aire 24:30:03
7. Aidan Bauba 24:30:03
9. Lenny Enjeka 26:40:50
10. Henson Kokeni 27:30:40
11. Matt McLaughlin 31:47:25
11. Tom Hango 31:47:25
13. Frank Ombi 32:30:20
14. Wayne Urina 33:20:41
15. Jessie Aire 34:40:50
16. Ramsi Idau 39:20:41


Kokoda Challenge Race Records:

Fastest man on the Kokoda Track/Kokoda Trail: Kokoda Trekking (KTL) porter - Brendan Buka - in both directions set in August 2007 and August 2008
Fastest Female - Nesta Gipine - set 31st August 2008 - Time 22:08:38
Fastest white man - International Competitor - Owers' Corner to Kokoda - Damon Goerke set in August 2006 in a time of 19:28
Fastest white man - International Competitor - Kokoda to Owers' Corner - Andrew (Andy) Rowan set in August 2006 in a time of 24:15


Other KTL records:

First Trekkers: 16th April, 2003 - Geoff and Daniel Trott from Melbourne
Youngest Male Trekker: Nicholas Lawson (7) - 2005
Youngest Female Trekker: Ellie Hargrave (12) - 2004
Oldest Male Trekker: Walter (aka The Fox) Kelly (81) - 2004
Oldest Female Trekker: Sybil Dwyer (74) - 2010
Youngest Papua New Guinean Trekker: Malik Suma (6 years) 2007
Trek Numbers - most trekkers - over 4000 in the past 5 + years
Bases - only company with a head office in Port Moresby and bases in Kokoda and Australia


Attention anyone who has logged onto this page through the 'Hall of Fame' area using the icon on our front page: to view the photographs mentioned below, PLEASE CLICK HERE:

Photograph A group of our hard working KTL boys seen here at Isurava. One of our older trekkers who really enjoyed her trek. The other photograph was taken just before our boys lined up for the 2011 Kokoda Challenge Race: At Kokoda Trekking each year we try and give something of importance to the community of Kokoda. 2004, we placed a Mitsubishi Canter 3 tonne truck in Kokoda, commonly known as KTL 1 which has served the community for the past three years going back and forth from Kokoda to Popondetta on a daily basis except when trekkers are in town: In 2005 we placed a 4WD Toyota Hilux in Kokoda to add another service should the need arise to pick up trekkers from Kovelo Village or areas where our truck cannot access. This vehicle also serves the Gona/Buna/Sanananda end picking up trekkers from the airport and showing them around before driving them up to Kokoda: In May 2005 we purchased an ambulance for Kokoda and surrounding areas so that anyone requiring urgent medical attention can be transported down to Popondetta. In 2006 we purchased thousands of australian dollars worth of equipment for villages along the track which included, water containers, good quality tarpaulins, cooking pots, change rooms and other items. Photograph below was taken at Ua'Ule Creek. One of our tarpaulins was used when a roof was leaking. On one of our treks, it was used for trekkers to sit on and relax in the village of Kagi: In 2007 we decided on a 3 cyclinder tractor lawnmower as a much needed piece of equipment to help keep Kokoda Station and Kokoda airstrip mowed. Finally it has arrived in Kokoda and is now hard at work trying to clean up. After we catch up, it will be used on a monthly basis to keep Kokoda clean and tidy. Our aim is to TRY and make KOKODA the most beautiful place in PNG. All our KTL boys have been asked to find and take to the Kokoda Station at least 10 plants each when they have been selected to walk on one of our treks. With this kind of help, it is hoped they can continue to grow the beauty of the station: Another addition of ours both on the track and in Kokoda this year in 2007 has been the introduction of rubbish bins. So far we have placed them as follows: Also in Menari, Efogi, Ua'Ule Creek and Owers' Corner We also purchased various items for the Kokoda Primary School including a brand new lawnmower. However, now we have our tractor we will mow their lawn for free each month: Our latest project has been the Kokoda Airport, check out our progress:

Photographs:

Pic 1: before work commenced
Pic 2: work in progress
Pic 3: trekkers now posing for photographs in front of our carved signs
Pic 4: the end result, a nice building and atmosphere now present at Kokoda airstrip
Pic 5: our New Holland tractor which now mows the airstrip to allow all track operators the chance to trek as tractors in Kokoda have all broken down. With the rainfall in Kokoda it would not take long for long grass to close the airport - hence another community project for Kokoda Trekking (KTL) Hello Gail

Congratulations to you on your wonderful unselfish nature and attitude, in supplying all these necessary items to the wonderful people who live on the famous Kokoda Track. You never cease to amaze me with your Love and Care for PNG and it's people, by willingly donating and giving so much out of your own pocket.

I know you are rewarded in your heart for what you do, but I sincerely hope that one day you are recognised and rewarded in a tangible manner for all you have done and no doubt will continue to do over the years for the people of Kokoda, Deniki, Isurava, Alola, Eora Creek, Templeton's Crossing, Myola, Kagi, Efogi, Menari, Nauro, Ioribawa and Ua-Ule Creek.

God Bless

Love

Waza Update end of trekking season 2010: In 2009 it was decided to consolidate our business interests on some land acquired in Kokoda adjacent to the Kokoda Airstrip. This area has been developed a project at a time and is coming along quite nicely. The initial setup was a kitchen, staff quarters and four huts. In August 2010, Lady Carol Kidu and some relatives of the Airlines of PNG plane crash opened our developed which we have called, Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. Oro for the 'Oro Province of PNG' and 'Haven' as we sincerely hope when you stay with us, you will think of it as a haven after roughing it on the track. With hot showers on offer, running water to wash your gear, flushing toilets, wood fired pizza oven, cold cold beer and a bar, you will feel you have finished your trek in style before flying out of Kokoda and heading for home.

In July we were approached by a family who lost their daughter in the plane crash for an area where they could put a plaque in Kokoda in honour of the beloved daughter. We thought hard and then started to build two stone walls. One side was set aside for relatives to place their plaques, the other wall is work in progress as we hope to one day have some plaques in relation to the fuzzy wuzzy angels participation in the war. We also encourage any of our trekkers to bring with them a plaque in honour of their loved ones and we will find a space for it on our wall.

This was also a very sad time for Kokoda Trekking as Russell and John Eroro lost their brother Kingsley in the same accident and a plaque was also placed on this wall as our contribution to his memory. Both John and Russell were on hand along with several of our boys who sang the PNG National Anthem before raising both flags representing PNG and Australia. In July we also commenced building an outdoor bar area at Kokoda for guests and local people of Kokoda. This bar has turned out to be a really popular place for locals in Kokoda so in the new year we are planning on opening another area on the block to cater for them when guests wish to retire for the night and the general popular wish to keep partying.

The new area will be built away from the area where we present accommodation for guests but in the meantime the population of Kokoda are enjoying somewhere to sit and drink a cold beer instead of under a tree. They are now starting to buy their beers cold in smaller lots rather then the previous trend being cartons of warm beer. Sitting listening to music at a table talking and mixing with their friends is catching on so we are pleased once again to be putting something back to Kokoda.

Rusty not known to knock back a beer is also enjoying our 'Wantok' own bar. We chose the name 'Wantok Tavern' as the word means 'one language'. As my wantok's the Australian's and his wantok's, the PNG National's are guests it was a popular name choice to call the bar. In 2011, with rents skyrocketing in Port Moresby due to the economic growth of 'Mining' and the new 'Gas' project, we decided to build a place where we could operate from.

We ended up renovating an old boy house (domestic quarters). We now have an office, grounds to park our vehicles and a large two bedroom home.

It still has a few things that need attention but is ready to operate come the 2012 trekking season.

What will 2012 bring, well we will just have to wait and see what we come up with.

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Total number of treks: 746

Private Trek - Owers' Cnr to Kokoda - Spectrum Gym

Date: 19 July 2010 - 27 July 2010

Closed Private Trek - Spectrum Gym. Commencing at Owers' Corner on the 19th July and finishing in Kokoda on the 26th July where you will overnight at our camp 'Orohaven'. The following day 27th July, you will be driven down to Popondetta and flown into Port Moresby on Airlines PNG Dash 8 flight departing 10:20am arriving 10:50am. Trek 649 - Guide Kingsley Boropi

List of Trekkers

1. Sharee Luke + Requires Porter - Paul Esiko + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
2. Justine Dobbin + Requires Porter - Benan Arua + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
3. Geoff Spicer + Requires Porter - Cecil King + - Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
4. Glenn Taylor + Requires Porter - Tom Hango + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
5. Mick Gillam + Requires Porter - Lancelot Yauga + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
6. Tracey Couper + Requires Porter - Jenan Barai + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
7. Melinda Treversh + Requires Porter - Gill Bauba + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
8. Luke Brennan + Requires Porter - Freddy Yauga + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
9. Mike Charlton + Requires Porter - Peter Talanda + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
10. Chris Chapman + Requires Porter - Alex + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
11. Patrick Walker + Requires Porter - Harry Duna + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010


Requires 7 tents - Paid in Full 26/05/2010

Other Staff: Food Porters - Trophian Ovivi; Webber Okove; Chris Orimba; Danny Aikari; Clive; Stafford Enjeka; Francis Baing; Tomsteen Konehe; Noah Kovejo; Alfred;

Flight Details:
Airlines PNG - Popondetta to Port Moresby departing at 10:20am and arriving Port Moresby 10:50am. Ticketed 25/5/2010. Booking References: AAFGXI & AAFGXM

Additional Comments:
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Cancellation : Angela Banks - Deposit Paid 12/01/10
Cancellation 24/06/2010 : Paul Pattison + Requires Porter + Backpack - Paid in Full 26/05/2010
Australian Guided Trek Owers' to Kokoda

Date: 12 July 2010 - 19 July 2010

Australian guided trek commencing at Owers' Corner on the 12th July and finishing in Kokoda on the 18th July where you will be our guests at 'Orohaven Kokoda Retreat'. The following day, 19th July you will be driven down to Popondetta airport and flown back to Port Moresby on a Dash 8 departing at 08:35am - arriving Port Moresby - 09:05.

This trek has been designed so that you can fly back in from Kokoda on the same day as you depart for Australia. Chartered flights arrive back in from Kokoda around 10am each morning. Trek - 607 - guide Shane Thomas:

ALL ACCOMMODATION IS INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE.


List of Trekkers:

1. Jo Grady + Requires a porter - Roget Hango - Paid in Full 25/05/2010
2. Belinda McKenzie + Requires a porter - Frank Taimbari - Paid in Full 18/05/2010
3. Scott McKenzie + Requires a porter - Cliff Taimbari - Paid in Full 18/05/2010

4. Matthew Grady + Requires a porter - Lancelot Guria - Paid in Full 25/05/2010 - arriving 9th July - staying at Comfort Inn
5. David Meagher + Requires a porter - Bill Harike - Deposit of $1000.00 paid 14/5/2010
6. Alice Meagher + Requires a porter - Felix Haera - Deposit of $1000.00 paid 14/5/2010 - Virgin DJ190, depart Brisbane 10.00, arrive Port Moresby 13.15
7. Sally Meagher + Requires a porter - Vegetarian - Jeffrey Boropi - Deposit of $1000.00 paid 14/5/2010
8. Shane Thomas (Guide) + Requires a porter - Clement Harika

Food Porters:Wilford Kerrepu (Kanandara); Elizah (Ilimo); Daniel Orovo; Dominic Senikari; Jublee Tavari; Eddie; Frank; Victor; Lindsay; Tommy Bareo; Fraser
PNG Guided Trek Kokoda to Owers' Cnr

Date: 7 July 2010 - 14 July 2010

This trek will commence when you fly into Popondetta on the 7th July on a Dash 8 with Air Niugini. You will be met in Popondetta by our staff and driven up to Kokoda to Orohaven Kokoda Retreat where you will overnight as our guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day you will commence your walk finishing at Owers' Corner on the 14th July, 2010. Trek 631 - Guide Wallace Lemeki

List of Trekkers:

1. Mark Hardy + Requires a porter - Brendan Buka - paid in full 21/06/2010
2. Tom Hardy + Requires a porter - Lancelot Yauga - paid in full 21/06/2010
3. Geoff Graubner + Requires a porter - Evan Myosi - paid in full 23/06/2010
4. Lauren Graubner + Requires a porter - Jenen Barai - paid in full 23/06/2010
5. Mark Hoppe + Requires a porter - Francis Baing - paid in full 15/05/2010
6. Hayden Braham + Requires a porter - Gill Bauba - Paid in Full 15/05/2010
7. Kevin Norris - Paid in Full 15/06/2010
8. Julie Ann Bull + Requires a porter - Ramsey Idau - Paid in Full 18/06/2010
9. Barry Darben + Requires a Porter - Michel Havu - + Tent- Paid in Full 09/05/2010
10. Joe Yick + Requires a Porter - Paul Aire - + Tent - Paid in Full 09/05/2010
11. Robyn Heap + Requires a porter - Paulo Talanoa - Paid in Full 17/05/2010
12. Gordon Heap + Requires a Porter - Paid in Full 01/07/2010 - Deshon Harika


David Clark Embo (Historian)/Asst Guide; Vincent Idau (Medic); Freddy Yauga (Musician); Tomsteen Konehe (Musician); Kennedy Buka; Peter Talanda; Kingsley Boropi; Noah Kovejo; Harry Duna; Alfred (Ilimo) - 21 in total.

Flight Details: Expatriates, Flight PX852 - departing Port Moresby at 07:00am - arriving Popondetta at 07:35 - already ticketed x 12 on the 21/5/2010

Nationals returning home: Booking References: AAFFM7; AAFFMA & AAFMB - 15/07/2010 departing Port Moresby 09:20am - ticketed 22/5/2010
Private Trek - FLK

Date: 6 July 2010 - 15 July 2010

Closed 'Private Trek' Commencing in Kokoda on the 6th July and finishing at Owers' Corner on the 15th July 2010 - Guide Paul, our assistant Wayne Urina - Trek 665.

List of Trekkers:
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1. Paul - Guide
2. Jennifer - Medic
3. Stephen
4. Nicholas
5. John
6. James
7. Sue
8. John
9. Anya
10. Jaquelyn
11. David
12. David
13. Ben

Paid in full 9/06/2010.

Additional Message:
  • 10 Personal Porters - Chris Lahai (Saga); John Korove (Eora); Paul Esiko (Kanandara); Trophian Ovivi (Kanandara); Benan Arua (Pirive); Cecil King Sombiro (Manua); Webber Okove (Kendasusu); Winnie Pore (Kokoda Station); Salvador Periawa (KBK); Hobert Keke
  • 1 Environment Porter - Tom Hango
  • 1 x 1st Aid Porter - Samson Kenda
  • 3 x Tent Porters - Chris Orimba (Kendasusu); Danny Aikari (Eora); Robert Sipupu
  • Sione Orosambo (Musician);


17 staff in total walking all the way Kokoda to Owers Corner.

Food Porters - 8 Staff walking Kokoda to Ofi Creek: Frank (Sairope); Gerry Isoro; Romas (Hamara); Oswald (Ilimo); Nathaniel Rasibori; Owen Tihimi; Simon Beldo; Stafford Enjeka;

Itinerary for the Trek is:

6/7/10; Day 1- Arrive Kokoda. Refreshments at Orohaven. Walk to Deniki and overnight.
7/7/10; Day 2 - O/night Isurava Memorial
8/7/10; Day 3 - O/night Abuari
9/7/10; Day 4 - O/night Templeton's Crossing
10/7/10; Day 5 - O/night Myola Guest house
11/7/10; Day 6 - O/night Efogi
12/7/10; Day 7 - O/night Agulogo
13/7/10; Day 8 - O/night Ofi Creek
14/7/10; Day 9 - O/night Good Water
15/7/10; Day 10 - O/night POM


Open Trek Owers' Corner to Kokoda/ Add -Gona/Buna

Date: 3 July 2010 - 13 July 2010

OPEN TREK commencing at Owers' Corner on the 3rd July and arriving in Kokoda on the 10th July where you will overnight as our guests at Orohaven Kokoda Retreat. The following day 11th July you will be driven down to Popondetta by road. Some trekkers will fly back to Port Moresby and others will make their way to Gona where they will overnight. The majority of staff selected to walk on this trek are all from the Gona/Sanananda area so will be showing you at the end what to them is their home. Trekkers going on to Gona/ Buna will depart and arrive back in POM 13th July. Trek 662 - Guide John Derick Eroro:


List of Trekkers:

1. Geoff Carter (Return Trekker) + Requires a porter - Ali Ela - Paid in Full 14/04/10 - group staying at the 'Comfort Inn'
2. Debbie Holl + Requires a porter - Terry Gawa - Paid in Full 30/04/2010
3. Doug Holl + Requires a porter - Carson Awoba - Paid in Full 02/05/2010
4. Francis Holl + Requires a porter - Robin Borege - Paid in Full 02/05/2010
5. Shelley Holl + Requires a porter - Bethrome Gawa - Paid in Full 05/05/2010
6. Rodger Smith + Requires a porter - Duncan Gawa - Paid in Full 17/05/2010
7. Scott Johnston + Requires a porter - Selby Aiga - Paid in full 24/05/2010 - flying back on the 11th - Gateway Hotel 2/7/2010


Food Porters: Davidson Eroro; Kinstone Dauma; Befa Benebo; Roney Ugogoi; Michael Ijiba; Mark Pere; Eliom Bonga;

Flight Details: Nationals - departing Popondetta Fri 2nd July at 17:25 - arriving Pom 17:55. Expatriates - waiting to ticket until confirmation being received as to who has to fly out on the 11th and who is to fly out on the 13th. Geoff, please advise urgently. tks Gail

Additional
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Debbie has paid in Full for Trek, Tent & Backpack hire.
Doug has paid in Full for Trek, Tent & Backpack hire
Francis has paid in Full for Trek & Tent hire.
Shelley has paid in Full for Trek, Tent & Backpack hire
Scott has paid in full for Trek, Tent & Backpack hire

Trek 662 has an additional 2 days Gona/Buna extension. Geoff & Rodger will go on the Gona/ Buna extension. All other trekkers will be flying back to Port Moresby on the 11th July.


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