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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: 661

Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 30 June 2008 - 7 July 2008

Commencing by flying into Kokoda on the 30th June where you will overnight. The next day you will start your walk finishing at Owers' Corner on the 7th July. Trek 422 - Guide Tony Ogomeni, Asst. John Korove:

List of Trekkers:

1. Diane Little + Requires a porter - paid in full 19/05/08 - arriving APNG 29/06-Gateway Hotel; travel insce details received
2. Mark Little + Requires a porter - paid in full 19/05/08 - same as above
3. Narelle Matthews + Requires a porter - paid in full 19/06/08
4. Geoff MacKay + Requires a porter - paid in full 19/06/08


Cancellations:

Bernadette Hogan + Requires a porter - deposit paid 07/11/07
Dianne Howard + Requires a porter - deposit paid 07/11/07
Owers' Corner to Kokoda

Date: 30 June 2008 - 9 July 2008

Owers' Corner to Kokoda commencing on the 30th June and arriving in Kokoda on the 8th July where you will overnight. On the 9th you will fly into Port Moresby. This trek has been designed so that you can fly in with Airlines of PNG on the morning of the 30th June and be collected direct from the airport and be driven out to Owers' Corner thus avoiding a night in a hotel in Port Moresby. On the Wednesday 9th July, you can fly back in from Kokoda and tie up with Airlines of PNG's flight back to Australia later that afternoon. Trek 473 - Guide Arnold Jinga, Asst. Winnie Pore:

List of Trekkers:
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1. Tim Mars - paid in full 25/06/08
2. Andrew McKenzie - + Requires a porter - paid in full 25/06/08 - sharing a porter with Rob Collins
3. Rob Collins - paid in full 26/06/08
4. Halko Marovac Snr - paid in full 25/06/08
5. Halko Marovac Jnr - paid in full 25/06/08


Hi Gail,

As discussed can you please arrange for 5 of us to be picked up on the 30th June - Airlines PNG - flight CG0201 flight arrives 10:40am.

We are down for trek 473, where we fly in on the day of our departure. Please note we also fly out on the day we arrive back in Port Moresby.


Would anyone else like to join this trek. You can always fly in ahead of the group and join up with them on Wednesday, the option is yours.

Cancellation 12/05/08:

Chris Beaufort + Requires a porter - deposit paid 25/03/08
Emma Beaufort + Requires a porter - deposit paid 25/03/08
Closed Private Trek - Kokoda to Owers' Corner

Date: 29 June 2008 - 7 July 2008

Closed PRIVATE TREK commencing by flying into Kokoda on the 29th June where you will overnight. The next morning you will commence your walk finishing at Owers' Corner on the 7th July - Trek 417 - requested John Derick Eroro as the guide. Assistant Guide Wallace Lemeki:

List of Trekkers:

1. Michael Barrand (ex trekker x 2) + Requires a porter - paid in full 07/05/08
2. Graeme Creighton + Requires a porter - paid in full 12/05/08
3. Jonty Creighton + Requires a porter - paid in full 12/05/08
4. Paul Miller + Requires a porter - paid in full 05/05/08
5. Shaun Miller - paid in full 05/05/08
6. Josh Miller - paid in full 05/05/08
7. Wayne Lucas + Requires a porter - paid in full 12/05/08
8. Roger Dingle + Requires a porter MacKenzie DiDime - paid in full 26/06/08
9. Wesley Dingle + Requires a porter Leonard DiDime - paid in full 26/06/08
10. Karen Hart + Requires a porter - paid in full 19/05/2008
11. Helen Speirs + Requires a porter - paid in full 16/05/2008
12. Doug Kirkman + Requires a porter - paid in full 12/05/08
13. Kyle Kirkman - paid in full 08/05/08
14. Sandra Gormley + Requires a porter - paid in full 16/05/08
15. Dorothy Morgan + Requires a porter - paid in full 16/05/2008


Cancellations:

Trina Ebeling - + Requires a porter (Vegetarian) - requests Leonard DiDime as porter - deposit paid 07/09/07 - cancelled 15/04/08
Mike Ebeling + Requires McKenzie (Mac DiDime) as his porter - Efogi to Port Moresby - deposit paid 07/09/07 - cancelled 15/04/08
Stephen Gill + Requires a porter (Requests Freddy Yauga) - deposit paid 05/11/2007
Shani Gill + Requires a porter - deposit paid - deposit paid 05/11/2007
Damian Benedicic + Requires a porter - deposit paid 21/10/07


Owers' Corner to Kokoda finishing at Gona

Date: 29 June 2008 - 8 July 2008

Open trek from Owers' Corner commencing on the 29th June and finishing in Kokoda on the 6th July where you will overnight. The following day you will travel by road down to Popondetta and out to Gona. By boat go down to Buna/Sanananda and fly back into Port Moresby on the 8th July from Popondetta. Trek 467 - Guide Ernst Jinga, Asst. Dudley Bubura:

List of Trekkers:
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1. Stuart Baker + Requires a porter - requests Jinaaan - paid for trek not yet for porter
2. Philip Baker + Requires a porter - paid for trek not yet for porter
3. Ian Cattell + Requires a porter - paid for trek not yet for porter
4. Peter Kearney + Requires a porter - paid for trek not yet for porter
5. Eric Caesar + Requires a porter - paid in full 13/05/08
6. Tony Jaspers + Requirs a porter - paid in full 18/05/2008
7. Chris French + Requires a porter - paid in full 13/05/2008 - requests Freddy or Mack
8. Tony Sheumack + Requires a porter - paid in full 29/04/08
9. Michael Osborne + Requires a porter - paid in full 20/06/08
10. Rick Nicholson - paid in full 27/05/08
11. Karen Mitchell + Requires a porter - paid in full 19/05/2008


Additional Message:
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Would like to arrange an open trek from Owers Corner to Kokoda for 8 days with a 2-day extension to visit Gona/Buna/Sanananda sites, if possible. Return to Port Moresby on 8/7/08.
Owers' Corner to Kokoda

Date: 24 June 2008 - 2 July 2008

Owers' Corner to Kokoda commencing on the 23rd June and finishing by walking into Kokoda on the 29th June. On the 30th June you will fly back into Port Moresby - Trek 506 - Guide Wayne Urina, Asst. Tom Hango :


List of Trekkers:

1. Russ Morgan + Requires a porter - paid in full 09/06/08
2. Matt Goodsir - does not require a porter - paid in full 09/06/08

3. Stephen O'Dell + Requires a porter - paid in full 09/06/08


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