Near Grantsville in Tooele County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Iosepa Historical Memorial
For 28 years (1889–1917) Iosepa was their home. In spite of the climate, isolation, loneliness, sickness, hardship and death, their faith and courage never faltered. They overcame the cold winter, the summer heat, enjoyed the new life of spring and the bounteous harvest of the fall.
Their native songs and dances filled this beautiful valley, which they made “bloom as a rose,” with love and aloha. A few remained in Utah, some on this consecrated spot, while the rest returned home to their beloved isles of the sea.
The seeds of our Polynesian pioneers bore fruit in Hawaii—the Laie Temple, Brigham Young University - Hawaii, and the Polynesian Cultural Center. Holy Temples stand firm in New Zealand, Western Samoa, Tonga, and Tahiti as monuments to the testimonies of the faithful Polynesian pioneers. We close this memory with their song of love: Iosepa Kuu Home Aloha Iosepa My Home of Love / Iosepa Kuahiwi Ika Nani Iosepa With its Beautiful Mountains / Iosepa Ka Home No Ka’oi Iosepa My Best Home.
Erected 1989 by Iosepa Historical Society.
Location. 40° 32.307′ N, 112° 44.834′ W. Marker is near Grantsville, Utah, in Tooele County. Marker is on Utah Route 196 at milepost 23, 15 miles south of Interstate 80, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dugway UT 84022, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Iosepa Settlement Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); This Lonely Fire Hydrant (within shouting distance of this marker).
Categories. • 20th Century • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
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