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Hawaii investigating 'American Jungle' TV show

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:40 p.m. HST, Nov 27, 2013

State officials said today they are investigating whether any state regulations were broken during the filming of the History channel's television show "American Jungle."

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said in a statement that an episode that aired Nov. 17 showed hunters at night, but hunting at night is illegal on both public and private land.

Maps used on the show also demark areas under the department's jurisdiction, even though the state denied a request by the production crew for a permit to film on state forest lands, the department said.

An email seeking comment was sent to representatives of History owner A&E Television Networks LLC.

The History channel website says "American Jungle" depicts rival clans using knives and spears to hunt feral bulls, wild boars, goats and rams in "the island paradise of Hawaii." The clans are battling for hunting trails "fought over for generations," it says.

The first episode, broadcast Nov. 10, shows hunters using spears and dogs to hunt a cow, the department said, even though it's illegal to hunt cattle without a special feral cattle control permit.

The show is also culturally insensitive, the department said. There's no evidence that native Hawaiians ever used spears to hunt cattle or pigs in the forest. Early Hawaiians brought pigs with them to the islands on canoes.

"This appears to be a fictional 'reality' production with no connection to actual hunters in Hawaii," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. "If we discover any laws or regulations have been broken we will vigorously pursue legal and/or criminal charges."

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waimos wrote:
This show is embarrassing and a joke. The actors should be ashamed of themselves and how they portray local people. very sad....
on November 27,2013 | 03:51PM
kalaoa wrote:
Read the West Hawaii Today article about a week before the first episode aired. Real people, not actors. Although they act badly.
on November 27,2013 | 04:08PM
Mythman wrote:
A fictional reality production? You mean just like every thing local government does every day?
on November 27,2013 | 03:57PM
csdhawaii wrote:
I couldn't believe it when I caught this - by accident - on TV the other day. It's a horrible depiction of Hawaii and its people; we know it's fake, but a lot of people not from here are going to think otherwise, and that is not a good thing.
on November 27,2013 | 04:11PM
MexMe wrote:
That's exactly right, csdhawaii. Soon, others will visit Hawaii in an attempt to "hunt" like the show depicts. Look what that joke of a show, "Breaking Amish" did for the Amish: NOTHING! It was completely false but so many people wanted to believe it was true. This is so negative for the Hawaiian people and not for those of us who have moved to Hawaii. I would have to call it racial stereotyping. The state needs to shut this down and go for money so that The History Channel stops making these "reality" shows. The money could be used for state lands, the homeless, Native Hawaiian projects, or a number of other areas that need funding.
on November 27,2013 | 06:11PM
pandadaddy wrote:
For a second, I thought you were referring to Dog The Bounty Hunter.
on November 27,2013 | 11:29PM
false wrote:
Are you serious… that show is so funny…total fiction… it's a comedy. I can't believe anyone is taking it seriously. Oh Sorry, I forgot about the state government.
on November 27,2013 | 04:16PM
waimos wrote:
if they are real people from the Big Island then even more sad......their families must be embarrassed and shame.
on November 27,2013 | 04:21PM
SteveToo wrote:
Night hunting is one of the best times to hunt pig under the full moon even better. Shoots they are a destructive pest why complain?
on November 27,2013 | 04:48PM
SteveToo wrote:
Now "jack lighting" deer is a whole nother story.
on November 27,2013 | 04:49PM
busterb wrote:
Just add a over the hill tough guy and a wife with chichis and you got a mainland hit!
on November 27,2013 | 06:23PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
This show is HILARIOUS. We laugh and laugh and laugh. Leave it alone! And for those who are bothered by it? Yeah, get a sense of humor....or a life.
on November 27,2013 | 07:11PM
jimbone wrote:
It's comedy, Just like the midget that's running this so called rainbow state.
on November 27,2013 | 11:05PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Now THAT'S funny!
on November 27,2013 | 11:24PM
inHilo wrote:
Why is it funny that a so-called midget is running the rainbow state?
on November 28,2013 | 04:09AM
seaborn wrote:
Gov. Neil Abercrombie said, "If we discover any laws or regulations have been broken we will vigorously pursue legal and/or criminal charges." If they give the state some money, everything will be forgiven.
on November 27,2013 | 11:37PM
yhls wrote:
It looks like the show's producers went out of their way to find the most ignorant, most illiterate locals they could find on the Big Island and then designed a fictional show around them. The show portrays locals in the worst way and is an embarrassment to the state. But then again so is Dog the Bounty Hunter. This kind of stereotyping is ingrained in the minds of Hollywood producers and carries over into so-called reality TV, which is anything but.
on November 28,2013 | 05:14AM
whs1966 wrote:
I stopped watching the "History" channel years ago because of bogus shows like this. As waimos says, these people should be ashamed of themselves. What kukai!!
on November 28,2013 | 05:33AM
Dimbulb wrote:
Fictional? Oh, come on, this is reality TV? Why they wouldn't present anything fictional. LOL hahahaha
on November 28,2013 | 05:53AM
gthx1138y wrote:
"Hawaii investigating" has about as much merit and legal muscle as the State trying to get Amazon to pay $12 for Compliance in order to purchase on their websie. Amazon will look at Hawaii, scoff, brush it off like a mosquito, and keep making BILLIONS. Why should we pay $12 to be "compliant" with you, State of Minutia?
on November 28,2013 | 06:47AM
puamamane wrote:
I think the dude from the Correa family should marry the dude from Rosa family on the Monday episode
on November 28,2013 | 07:20AM
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