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A Mormon Hawaiian Ghost Town in the Desert

Every Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of native Pacific Islanders descend upon Utah’s desolate Skull Valley for what amounts to a three-day luau in the middle of the desert.

They are there to visit the ghost town of Iosepa and tend to the graves of their Mormon ancestors who founded the settlement in 1889, only to abandon it less than 30 years later.

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