Misfit Spirit is a collection of entertaining, incisive and insightful writings that explores the issues and themes connected to religion in Hawaii. The more than sixty articles cover a wide range of topics that branch from the trunk of the different religious traditions.


Religion is like a tree nourished by warmth and sunshine (and darkness and despair). The leaves of religion bring shade and shelter to the various creatures gathered below; but the leaves may also block the view of the sky and the beauty above. Religion shapes—and is in turn shaped by—the vision and character of those who dwell under its branches.


Misfit Spirit looks at both the positive and negative aspects of all things religion in Hawaii and offers things to consider and reflect upon. Readers can then ponder which leaves of religion to tend to and which to let flutter to the ground.