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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: 786

Kokoda 22 Hour Challenge 2006

Date: 26 August 2006 - 27 August 2006

Its on again in 2006 - KOKODA Extreme Challenge - 26th & 27th August, 2006 - proudly sponsored by Kokoda Trekking - Trek 156:

CLICK HERE to read about last years event - 2005:

List of competitors for 2006
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Entered as an Independents:
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  • Russell Gurisa (finished in 6th position 2005) - Time 28:32:21 - Papaki Village - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Jude Waide - Iora Block - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Nathaniel Ijuki -Sengi Village - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Deidei Badya - Alola Village - mix Abuari - paid in full 20/08/06
  • Robin Toia - Kebara Village
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'Sponsored by Kokoda Trekking' (our very own KTL boys):
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  • Tom Hango (3rd place 2005 - hungry for 1st in 2006)
  • Abel Arari - (finished in 7th position 2005 - 29:05:22)
  • Rod Ori (injured - 8th 2005 - time 2005 - 29:36:52 - former PNG short distance sprint champion - but can handle the distance. Walked recently in two days as a training exercise - has a trekker who has promised $1000.00 bonus if he wins - so has the incentive to do well)
  • Wayne Urina (injured - 9th 2005) (race gear sponsored by Ron Barrassie) - was up with the lead competitors last year until he fell and hurt himself
  • Bernard Aruo (Benon) - 4th 2005 - time - 24:08:46 (race gear sponsored by Ron Barrassie)
  • Andrew Yauga - the sentimental favourite
    Horace Yauga, Andrew's younger brother - the dark horse - all trekkers comment on how fast he is - could be the man to beat!
  • Lancelot Geroai - Waju Village - (newcomer)
  • David (Duggie) Eroro - Kokoda Block - entered last years race but took it easy once he heard the race had been won. Slept in the bush and came up the next morning - could do well
  • John Korove - Iora Block - (newcomer)
  • Guyford Suma - Iora Block (newcomer)
  • Brendon Buka - Kokoda Block (newcomer)
  • Tony Haiai - Kokoda Block - (newcomer)
  • Jimmy Ami - Saga Village - (newcomer)
  • Cyprian Aire - Ajeka Village - (newcomer)
  • Trevor Evoka - Ioro Block (newcomer)
  • Bornniface Auro - Pirive Village, Kokoda - (newcomer)
  • Haword Yapuri - Gowa Village - (newcomer)
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'Sponsored by Ecotourism Melanesia'
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  • Cedric Bedi - Kokoda - (newcomer) - paid in full 17/08/06
  • John Hunt Hiviki (2005 Trek Hero) - Time 22:01:14 - Kebara Village - paid in full 18/08/06
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Australian's:
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  • Bryan O'Hara - Australian - (returning again, claims they will do better in 2006 - looking at 25 hours)
  • Sean O'Hara - Australian - (returning per above to do it AGAIN!)
  • Damon Goerke - Australian - ready to take on Kokoda for the 1st time - paid in full

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Sponsored by No Roads Expedition:
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  • Dudley Mengo - Kagi - paid in full
  • Steve Diwai - Kagi - paid in full
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'Team Curtain Bros' sponsored by Curtain Bros:
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  • Kingsley Boropi - paid in full 28/07/06
  • Chris Suma - paid in full 28/07/06
  • Jeff Haiai - paid in full 28/07/06
  • Jeffery Boropi - paid in full 28/07/06
  • Daniel Suma - paid in full 28/07/06
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'Team Didiman' sponsored by Sasa Sibe MP, Minister for Agriculture:
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  • Gira Oida (Morobe Province) - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Maila Maila (Morobe Province) - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Lagia Nadup (Morobe Province) - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Thomas Ogensa (Morobe Province) - paid in full 18/08/06
  • Kipu Nale (Morobe Province) - paid in full 18/08/06
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Sponsored by R & P Signs:
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  • Wilson Sevesi - Kiama Village - paid in full 20/08/06
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Sponsored by 'Every Home for Christ'
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  • Lanton Jumbari - Kebara Village - paid in full 20/08/06

Conditions:

PNG Competitors:

All competitors have to get themselves to the start of the race at Ower's Corner. Competitors will be required to be at Ower's Corner by 6am and be prepared for a 7:30am start. The race will now finish the following day at the Kokoda Hospital grounds where they will be greeted with an Oro Province Welcome. All entrants are responsible for their own food; transport to Kokoda; medivac; return airfare to Kokoda

Competitors will all be supplied with race t/shirts which will state a trek number. T/Shirts will be a lucky dip on race day at Ower's Corner. All t/shirts have to be worn throughout the race with no exception.

Overseas Competitors:

As part of your entrance fee, you will be provided with transport to Ower's Corner on race day plus accommodation at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby for one night before and after the race.

All overseas competitors have to wear a race bib with a trek number.
CLOSED - Private Trek with Nikki

Date: 23 August 2006 - 30 August 2006

Commencing on the 23rd August by flying into Kokoda and walking back to Ower's Corner arriving on the 30th August led by Nikki George -Trek 202:

List of Trekkers:

1. Michael Young - deposit paid 15/03/06 - paid in full 08/08/2006
2. Ray Samios - deposit paid 02/04/06 - paid in full 16/07/2006

3. Rob Clarkson - deposit $600 10/05/06 - paid in full 20/06/06
4. Gary Bowden - paid in full 06/06/06 - Gateway Hotel arriving 21/08
5. David Hennessy (Pam's Trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
6. Michelle Carden (Pam's Trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
7. Hamish Gibleybaird + Requires a porter (Pam's trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
8. Angus Gibley Baird - (Pam's trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
9. Angus Gibley Baird II (Pam's trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
10. Duncan Gibly Baird + Requires a porter (Pam's trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
11. Clare Sheahan + Requires a porter (Pam's trekker) - paid in full 20/08/06
12. Nikki George + Requires a porter (Guide) - paid in full 20/08/06

This trek is now closed:
CLOSED - Private Trek

Date: 23 August 2006 - 30 August 2006

CLOSED Private Trek - Lihir group - commencing in Kokoda on the 23rd August and finishing at Ower's Corner on the 30st August - Trek 234:

List of Trekkers:

1. Lyndah Brown and requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06
2. Sue Howden + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06
3. Alison Clark - paid in full 17/08/06
4. Kate Pink + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06
5. Tania Etschmann + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06
6. Carol Gough + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06
7. Jude Moore + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06
8. Kris Pemberton + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06


Staying at Airways Hotel:
OPEN Trek - Kokoda to Ower's

Date: 23 August 2006 - 31 August 2006

Flying into Kokoda on the 23rd August and arriving at Ower's Corner on the 31st August, 2006. Open to other trekkers - Trek 216:

List of Trekkers:

1. Judy McDonald + Requires a porter - paid in full 03/08/06
2. Phil Ryan - paid in full 19/07/06 - paid 1/2 share porter with Mark McLaren
3. Mark McLaren - sharing a personal porter with Phil Ryan - paid in full 09/08/06
4. Mark Quirk + Requires a porter - paid in full 01/08/06
5. Shannon Curley + Requires a porter - paid in full 01/08/06
6. Ray Wallace - paid in full 07/08/06
7. Danny Humphrey + Requires a porter - paid in full 09/08/06

OPEN TREK - Pam Christie Trek

Date: 18 August 2006 - 26 August 2006

OPEN - Pam Christie Trek commencing 18th August, 2006 - 26th August, 2006 - Trek 222 - Silas to be the guide on this trek:

List of Trekkers:

1. Michael + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
2. Gary + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
3. Bruce + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
4. Rob + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
5. Michael + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
6. Robyn + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
7. Merv + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
8. Geoff + Requires a porter - Pam's trekker - paid in full 17/08/06
9. Pam Christie (Guide) + Requires a porter - paid in full 17/08/06


Cancellation:Bruce Walker + Requires a porter - KTL trekker - deposit paid 06/06/06

Trekkers will travel by charter to Kokoda for this one. The cost will be $1980.00 per trekker.

Thanks
Pam







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