"If I had gotten a tattoo for every memorable experience I had in Hawai'i, I would have been covered from head to toe."
That sums it up for Larry Shortell, the special education teacher who lost his job, his best friend and nearly his own life in Connecticut before deciding to pull up roots and move to Hawai'i for a year. He then made the commitment to spend every subsequent summer vacation traveling to somewhere in the world he had never been.
He writes about Hawai'i and every place--literally from A to Z (in typical teacher fashion)--in his new book, "Summers Off: The Worldwide Adventures of a Schoolteacher."
Paperback, 304 pages
Available at Amazon
In this alphabetic journey around the world, Larry "Jungle" Shortell shares tales from his most memorable moments. Since embarking on his travels more than 20 years ago, he has completed two around-the-world trips, explored more than 80 countries, set foot on all seven continents, and visited each of the 50 states in the U.S.
His Hawai'i adventures range from surfing (or rather, attempting to) and wrestling an octopus (not by design) on Maui to a boot-singeing experience at the fiery edge of Kilauea on Hawai'i Island.
This regular-guy-as-world-traveler and dyed-in-the-wool Hawaiian fan waxes poetic about the Hawaiian Islands and compares their beauty to other places in world in a way that will draw attention from tourists, kama'aina and locals alike.