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Clement

Clement Harika

Age: 29
Place of Residence: Saga Village, Kokoda

Number of treks: 81

EXPERIENCE

Clement started working with Kokoda Trekking in 2004 as a porter. He slowly moved his way up the ranks and is now one of our best guides and most respected employees. He has a very good command of English and has walked often as a personal porter and throughout the past couple of years as a guide. Clement continues to try his best and has a good knowledge of the war history. He also loves to share with you stories about village life should anyone be interested in their culture.

For the past couple of years he has walked alongside my son Shane Thomas an Australian guide and together they have completed over 50 treks. Shane has been most impressed with Clement and would highly recommend him to anyone who would request him to guide them across the Kokoda Trail/Track.

Clement's mother is a retired school teacher and has instilled in him the need to be educated and continue to learn. I am sure she is proud of her son who now is in charge of leading several treks a year across the Kokoda Trail/Track. He gets on well with fellow porters who admire and respect him.

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Pat Vainerere

Pat Vainerere

Age 44
Place of Residence: Gold Coast, Australia

EXPERIENCE
Has guided many treks over the Kokoda Trail as well as a guide in the Cook Islands for many years. Other places travelled for trekking include Thailand, Bali, Tahiti and Vanuatu. Spends time outdoors walking the local scenic trails on the Gold Coast and Brisbane.  Conducted outdoor training camps and walks for groups such as martial arts, health and sports club on the gold coast.

BRIEF BACKGROUND

WHAT HE SHARES WITH TREKKERS

There is nothing more rewarding than sharing experiences with others and learning what drives a person to do incredible challenges such as the Kokoda Trail. There is no better place to do that other than to be with the person. A moment you may only experience once in a life time. A moment where you share, feel and rely on support for guidance to overcome physical and emotional boundaries. The rewards can only be explained by what you have accomplished mentally and physically in life. Pat enjoys sharing the War history with trekkers.

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Eric Uwea

Eric Uwea

Number of Treks: 150 +
Place of Residence: Sogeri. (Koiari - Depo-Karakadabu Village)

EXPERIENCE

Eric's first experience as a guide on the Kokoda Track came from his training by the TPA (Tourism Promotions Authority) who trained Eric back in 1996. He has been a valued employee of Kokoda Trekking since joining us in 2003. As you can see he was walked the Kokoda Track over 150 times and is ready to share in your Adventure!

BRIEF BACKGROUND

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Wayne Urina Tihimi

Wayne Urina Tihimi

Number of Treks: 77
Place of Residence: Wayne resides at Hamara Village which is approximately 1 & 1/2hrs drive from Popondetta the main city in the Oro Province. He is married with 3 children

EXPERIENCE

Wayne shares his interest in the war history whilst walking the track. If trekkers are interested in the culture he shares with them his village experience and enjoys stories shared by other trekkers about their family and life back home. Wayne is fluent in English has good leadership skills and knows the track extremely well. Several times he has ran it at night during the Kokoda Challenge Races he has entered.

BRIEF BACKGROUND


Kokoda Challenge Race:

Wayne has been a regular competitor in our 'Kokoda Challenge Race' coming second on a couple of occasions to the record holder Brendan Buka. Wayne is super fit and it has been said, he can walk at the speed most people run. However, on his treks he paces everyone well and always tries his best to give them a great experience and a trek they will enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives.

On 31 August 2008, Bendan Buka again rewrote the record books by winning the 2008 race in a new record time of 16:34:05. Wayne Urina, 2nd fastest man to complete the crossing of the Kokoda Trail with a time of 18:34 from Owers' Corner to Kokoda.

Wayne has competed in the Gold Coast Kokoda Challenge Race as part of our 'Elite' team of four and finished 3rd overall.

Has visited Australia on several occasions at the invitation of trekkers.

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Horace Yauga

Horace Yauga

Age: 27

Number of Treks : 70 +
Place of Residence: Iora Block, Kokoda
Family: Comes from a family of 10

EXPERIENCE

Started his employment with Kokoda Trekking as a porter at the age of 17 and with time has worked his way up to a Guide in 2011.

BRIEF BACKGROUND

WHAT HE SHARES WITH TREKKERS

Horace is a quietly spoken guide who takes his job seriously. He likes to mix with his trekkers and give them a great time but at the same time makes sure his porters are well taken care of.

If trekkers warm to him, Horace loves to share stories about his life and he also likes to listen to anything they have to say whilst walking with them. A religious man who always tries to do the right thing.

Horace loves music and when walking he likes to play the uke'ule and sit around a campfire at night with other porters and have a singalong.

Horace remains one of the fittest men on the track and has entered all our Kokoda Challenge Races. In our 2012 Kokoda Challenge Race there were several top class competitors from Australia, Damon Goerke (2nd time in our race); Richard Mountstephens; Chris Wight (nephew of the late Stan and Butch Bissett 2/14th); Jonathan O'Loughlin; Chris Turnbull; Andrew Turner; Dave Jennings and William Bennett. Horace came second in the event in a time of 18:51 from Kokoda to Owers' Corner.

So hungry was Horace to do well, he skipped the last two checkpoints so he could get away from Chris Wight who finished in 3rd place overall in a time of 19:26.

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Tony Ogonemi

Number of Treks : 32
Place of Residence:  Ilimo Village, Kokoda

EXPERIENCE

Started his employment with Kokoda Trekking firstly as a porter and with time has worked his way up to Guide.

BRIEF BACKGROUND

WHAT HE SHARES WITH TREKKERS

Loves showing trekkers about the environment; the quietness it offers and the challenge that awaits them.  Tony enjoys meeting trekkers and feels the kind of setting on the Kokoda Trail is just magic.  He enjoys interacting with them and showing them a great time.  He loves to share stories about his life and he also likes to listen to anything they have to say whilst walking with them.  A religious man who always tries to do the right thing.

Tony has excellent communication skills. An Honest guide who always wins the hearts of all who walk with him. A quietly spoken young man who enjoys sharing the Kokoda Trekking experience with trekkers. He possesses an easy going personality, is well respected by staff members, makes a fantastic team leader who shares/imparts his wisdom and advice with those who seek it. He is an an experienced Kokoda Guide who is honest, loyal and ready to take you on the Adventure of a Lifetime with his dedicated team or porters.

 

Kokoda Trekking Porter Information


A Porter is Ready to Help You

A personal porter can be hired to carry your pack. This should be arranged before the trek, as it can be difficult to hire a porter once a trek has commenced. Pack weight for a porter is restricted to a maximum of 15kg.

Highly recommended if you do not fit into the 'super' fit category.

Pictured is Brendan Buka, the fastest man to run the Kokoda Track in a record setting pace of (16 hours 34 minutes - Ower's Corner to Kokoda). Brendan hold's the record for both directions. He is available as a personal porter.

The porters will look after you while you are out on the Kokoda track. They will help you lead the way, light up the fire in the morning before everyone else wakes up, boil some water, cook some food and in general be a good companion to your group.

At night upon reaching your daily target, our guides and porters will again help set up camp, light up some fire, and boil water and prepare food for you. Very helpful when you are exhausted after a long day's walk.

When reaching a village, our guides and porters will also arrange for you to stay at the village guest house, and perhaps arrange for some village food should you like to try some kau-kau or choko or even chicken when available.

Meet our guides and porters in our photo gallery.