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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

PRIVATE-Closed Trek-Kokoda to Ower's

Date: 17 September 2006 - 25 September 2006

Teachers & students - designed to fly into Kokoda on Sunday 17th September and overnighting at Rusty's Kokoda block. Next morning commence walking towards Ower's Corner and arriving on Monday 25th September. Led by former Lord Somers Trekker of 2005 Michael Barrand - Trek 225

List of Trekkers:
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1. Michael Barrand + Requires a porter - paid in full 28/08/06
2. Robyn Barrand + Requires a porter - paid in full 28/08/06

3. Mike Ebeling + Requires a porter - paid in full 22/08/2006
4. Catroina Ebeling + Requires a porter - paid in full 22/08/2006 - vegetarian
5. Marisa Greenway + Requires a porter - paid full 08/08/06
6. Jim (DJ) Mason + Requires a porter - paid in full 23/08/2006
7. Lynette (LJ) Mason + Requires a porter - paid in full 23/08/2006
8. Denise Hulonce + Requires a porter - paid in full 30/08/2006
9. Adrian Irwin - paid in full 31/08/2006
10. Sandra Culph + Requires a porter - paid in full 06/06/06
11. Alexander Stoddart - paid in full 21/08/2006
12. Allister Craig - paid in full 11/09/06
13. James Hulonce - paid in full 30/08/2006

Additional Message:
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This will be a school based group but with a number of older participants (over 50). We aim to have between 12 -15 in the party. I was in the Lord Somers group in Sept 2004.
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Cancellation

10. Shani Gill + Requires a porter - deposit paid 18/05/06
11. Stephen Gill + Requires a porter - deposit paid 18/05/06
OPEN - Hiri Moala Trek -Ower's to Kokoda

Date: 16 September 2006 - 24 September 2006

Hiri Moale Festival - Trek 182 : This trek is designed so that you can fly into Port Moresby on say Friday 15th September and overnight. The next morning attend the Hiri Moale Festival which is held at Ela Beach to co-incide with PNG Independent Anniversary Celebrations. Later after lunch be driven out to Ower's Corner for your trek to Kokoda. The first night would be Goldie River or as far as you managed on the first day. On Sunday 24 September fly back into Port Moresby. You could then if you liked catch the afternoon flight back home - Trek 182.

List of Trekkers:

1. Kristen Tinkler + Requires a porter - (I would like to request the same porter I had last year - Jeff Hai Hai) - paid in full 07/07/06 - Kristen will be walking for the 2nd time, 2005 & again 2006
2. Paul Jones + Requires a porter - paid in full 10/08/06
3. David Johnson + Requires a porter - deposit paid 14/03/06 - paid in full 01/08/2006
4. John Pitt + Requires a porter - paid in full 02/08/2006
5. Simon Pitt - paid in full 02/08/2006
6. Adam Pitt - paid in full 05/08/06
7. Liam Walsh + Requires a porter - deposit paid 31/03/06 - paid in full 10/08/2006
8. Beverley Ellis - Does not require a porter (vegetarian and am allergic to cheese and oranges) - paid deposit $400.00 21/07/06 - paid in full 24/08/2006

Trek Cancellations:

Stuart Harch + Requires a porter - Deposit of $500 paid 24/04/2006
Mark Davies - Does not require a porter
POMIS High School Students

Date: 14 September 2006 - 22 September 2006

Port Moresby International High School (POMIS) Students & Teachers flying into Popondetta on Thursday 14th September. Commence walking on Friday 15th September and return on Friday 22nd September, 2006. This trek has been designed so that students can be at Isurava on PNG's Independence Day - Trek 214:

List of Trekkers:

1. David Lucas - paid in full 08/09/06
2. Jeremy Eri - paid in full 08/09/06
3. William Sarwom - paid in full 08/09/06
4. Vele Karo - paid in full 08/09/06
5. Clayton Leahy - paid in full 08/09/06
6. Nancy Hohoa - paid in full 08/09/06
7. Terrance Tanda - paid in full 08/09/06
8. Brian Amini - paid in full 08/09/06
9. Vavine Mulina - paid in full 08/09/06
10. Shalima Kila - paid in full 08/09/06
11. Laura Swale + Requires a porter POMIS Teacher - vegetarian meals - paid in full 08/09/06


Additional Message:

11 trekkers including 2 Adults and 9 Students

3 Personal Porters required.

Davidson has been requested as the guide for this trek. Also Sugar
OPEN TREK - Kokoda to Ower's Corner!

Date: 10 September 2006 - 18 September 2006

OPEN TREK commencing from Kokoda on the 10th September, 2006 and finishing at Ower's Corner on the 18th September - a 9 day Trek. Trekkers will be invited to spend the first day in Kokoda as the guests of Russell (Rusty) Eroro's family. The next day you will be up bright and early for your first days trek up to Isurava Village:

List of Trekkers - Trek 161 A:
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1. John Kirby + Requires a porter - deposit paid 27/10/05 - paid in full 09/08/2006 staying Gateway Hotel
2. Chris Ellery + Requires a porter - paid in full 09/08/06 staying Gateway Hotel
3. Robert Grove + Requires a porter - deposit paid 16/06/06 - paid in full 09/08/2006 staying Gateway Hotel

List of Trekkers: Trek 161 B
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1. Adrian Carlson - deposit paid 29/11/05 - paid in full 21/08/06
2. Geoff LeCerf - deposit paid 1/12/05; dep trf'd from Tony Hopper $300 - paid in full 17/08/2006
3. Graeme Boland + requires a porter - deposit paid 30/11/05 - paid in full 22/08/2006
4. David Foy - deposit paid 02/02/06 - paid in full 21/08/2006
5. Warren Foy - deposit paid 29/11/05 - paid in full 10/07/2006
6. Steven Sey + Requires a porter - deposit paid 29/11/05 - paid in full 24/08/2006
7. Matthew Howard + Requires a porter - paid in full 23/08/2006

Cancelled 07/07/06

1. Peter Atkin - deposit paid 29/11/05 "161 B"
2. Travis Miller + Requires a porter - deposit paid 06/01/06
3. Courtney Miller + Requires a porter - deposit paid 06/01/06
4. Brendan Miller + Requires a porter - deposit paid 06/01/06
5. Lachlan Halstead - Does not require a porter - deposit paid 06/01/06
6. Mark Sherwood - Does not require a porter - deposit paid 06/01/06
Goroka Show/Hiri Moale Festival - OPEN

Date: 6 September 2006 - 14 September 2006

Hiri Moale/Goroka Show Special - Trek 181: This trek is designed so that you fly into Kokoda on Wednesday 6th September and overnight at Rusty's Kokoda Family Block. The next day you walk up to Isurava where you will spend the 2nd night. On Thursday 14th September you finish your trek at Ower's Corner.

You can then join in PNG's Independent Anniversary Celebrations. One suggestion would be to spend the 15th September either at your hotel in Port Moresby relaxing or go for a day out to Loloata Dive Resort for some snorkelling/swimming just outside our capital city. Two choices available...1st is for them to pick you up from Port Moresby following your trek on the 14th and overnight at Loloata...2nd choice would be a day trip whereby they pick you up in the morning and drop you back later in the day. On the morning of the 16th you could go to Ela Beach for the Hiri Moale Festival. If you want to continue your adventure you could head up to Goroka in the afternoon and overnight. The next day attend the Goroka Show before flying back home - Trek 181:

List of Trekkers:

1. Bill Gardeniers + Requires a porter - paid in full 24/07/06
2. Kerry Gardeniers + Requires a porter - paid in full 24/07/06

3. Bevis Smyth + Requires a porter - deposit paid 19/03/06 - paid in full 17/08/06 - Holiday Inn
4. David Gray + Requires a porter - deposit paid 24/04/2006 - paid in full 16/08/2006



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