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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: 702

Kokoda Challenge 'Kokoda Kids' POM-KOKODA

Date: 19 September 2008 - 29 September 2008

KOKODA CHALLENGE - KOKODA KIDS - Village Experience for the 2008 Kokoda Kids in the Kokoda Challenge Youth Program refer additional comments area below. Trek 516 - Wallace Lemeki in charge of Trekkers at Orahaven Camp. Rod Ori the guide and his Assistant. Rod to walk the group from Kokoda to Isurava Monument and Wallace to remain at the camp:

List of Trekkers:
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1. Doug Henderson - paid in full 12/09/08
2. James Moreland - paid in full 12/09/08
3. Luke Stanley - paid in full 12/09/08
4. Tomas Perzelt - paid in full 12/09/08
5. Nathan Sutton - paid in full 12/09/08
6. James Quinn - paid in full 12/09/08
7. Michael Pivi - paid in full 12/09/08
8. Melissa Mohammed - paid in full 12/09/08
9. Gabby Winsor - paid in full 12/09/08
10. Joy Staff - paid in full 12/09/08
11. Carissa Ibbott - paid in full 12/09/08
12. Adrian Wilks - paid in full 12/09/08
13. Peter Lynell
14. Mrs. Peter Lynell
15. John Eroro
16. David Clark

+ 7 Personal Porters - Kokoda to Isurava x 3 days - Guide Rod Ori


Additional Message:

Flying straight to Kokoda Village on the 19th and stay in the village doing community initiatives until the 25th September when they will begin their trek to meet the incoming Kokoda Kids at Isurava on the 26th September. They will all return to Kokoda village on the afternoon of the 27th September.

28th September Sports Day - fly back into Port Moresby on the 29th September
Kokoda Challenge 'Kokoda Kids' Trek-Owers'-Kokoda

Date: 19 September 2008 - 29 September 2008

Kokoda Challenge Youth Program. Walking the track from Ower's Corner to Kokoda Village. Arriving at Isurava Memomorial where they will meet with their Village Experience Kokoda Kids on the morning of 26th September. Trek 517 - Guide Clive Jinga. Assistant Monty:

List of Trekkers:

1. Johllene Wright - 14 Personal porters required to be shared 1 between 2 trekkers - paid in full 12/09/08
2. Glen Wallwork - paid in full 12/09/08
3. Peter Ibbott - paid in full 12/09/08
4. Alex Rutledge - paid in full 12/09/08
5. Jason Snuggs - paid in full 12/09/08
6. Mavis Burns - paid in full 12/09/08
7. Samantha Aldridge - paid in full 12/09/08
8. Tom Wybrew - paid in full 12/09/08
9. Blake Dwyer - paid in full 12/09/08
10. Chelsea Kokshorn - paid in full 12/09/08
11. Keiren McLaren - paid in full 12/09/08
12. Samara Baunach - paid in full 12/09/08
13. Nicholas Smits - paid in full 12/09/08
14. Dean Timbs - paid in full 12/09/08
15. Jacob Langguth - paid in full 12/09/08
16. Will Desmond - paid in full 12/09/08
17. Ryan Thornton - paid in full 12/09/08
18. Billie-jo Thompson - paid in full 12/09/08
19. Joe Hallam - paid in full 12/09/08
20. Daniel Harbulot - paid in full 12/09/08
21. Daniel Fraser-Jorgenson
22. Jake Taylor - paid in full 12/09/08
23. Stephen Mitchell - paid in full 12/09/08
24. Sophie Phelan - paid in full 12/09/08
25. Jamie Crighton - paid in full 12/09/08
26. Jessica Grogan - paid in full 12/09/08
27. Andrew Grimmond - paid in full 12/09/08
28. Lisa Ridgley + Requires a personal porter - paid in full 12/09/08

+ 15 personal porters


Additional Comments:

Day 1: (19 Sept) Owers' Corner to Uberi
Day 2: (20 Sept)Uberi to Ioribaiwa
Day 3: (21 Sept) Ioribaiwa to New Nauro Village
Day 4: (22 Sept) New Nauro Village to Menari
Day 5: (23 Sept) Menari to Efogi
Day 6: (24 Sept) Efogi to Myola 1900
Day 7: (25 Sept) Myola Junction 1900 to Eora Creek
Day 8: (26 Sept) Eora Creek to Isurava Battle Memorial to camp for the night
Day 9: (27 Sept) New Isurava to Kokoda
Day 10: (28 Sept) Running Sports/Games Day for Local Village Kids
Day 11: (29 Sept) depart Kokoda for Port Moresby and return to Australia
Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 10 September 2008 - 18 September 2008

Commencing by flying into Kokoda on the 10th September where you will overnight. The following day commence your trek heading towards Owers' Corner where you will arrive on the 18th September - Trek 434 - Guide Tarina Bore:

List of Trekkers:

1. Luis Coronado + Requires a porter - deposit paid 02/02/08 - paid in full 09/09/08 - Airways Hotel arrival and Loloata after trek. Would like to have a tour of Port Moresby
2. Charles Dunn - paid in full 01/09/08 - staying at the Shady Rest Hotel
3. Sam Durland + Requires a porter - paid in full - Loloata after trek 01/09/08


Cancellations:

Edward Stokes - deposit paid 22/04/08 - trf to another time in 2009
Sally Orr - deposit paid 22/04/08 - trf to another time in 2009
Justin Penglase - deposit paid 06/08/2007

Private Trek Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 7 September 2008 - 15 September 2008

Private Trek - Commencing at Kokoda on the 7th September and finishing in Owers' Corner on the 15th September - Trek 504 - Requests David Clark as the guide :

List of Trekkers:
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1. Craig Pocock + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 30.07.08
2. Lachlan Pocock + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 30.07.08
3. Christopher Long + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 30.07.08
4. Carl Luppi + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 30.07.08
5. Matthew Starr + Requires a porter - PAID IN FULL 30.07.08


To meet at the Airways Hotel at 6pm poolside. Deliver packs and tents to Airways - arriving 8:25am

Additional Message:

Hi, Spoke to Gail and Nathan. We wanted a Private Trek departing on the 7.09.08 and finishing on the 15.09.08. We would like to request CHRISLEY BOROPI or DAVID CLARK as our guide.

We would also like to hire from you 3 x single tents, 1 x double tent, 5 x packs (as per my discussion with Nathan). We will be staying at the AIRWAYS HOTEL, arriving at 08.25 a.m. on the 6.09.08 and fly out on the 16.06.09.

Our group would like to experience the battlefields and take some time to explore etc. We are also interested in doing a spot of fishing.
Open Trek Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 7 September 2008 - 15 September 2008

Open Trek - Commencing at Kokoda on the 7th September and finishing in Owers' Corner on the 15th September - Trek 519 - Guide Johnsford Eroro:

List of Trekkers:

1. Peter McGrath + Requires a porter paid in full 01/09/2008
2. Eamon Doohan - paid in full 01/09/2008 + Requires a porter
3. Anthony Tormey - paid in full 01/09/2008 + Requires a porter
4. Katrina Charlesworth - paid in full 01/09/2008 + Requires a porter - + 1 backpack & 2 tents


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