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Hawaii can't prove wrongdoing by hunting TV show

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:58 a.m. HST, Jun 21, 2014

KAILUA-KONA >> Hawaii officials investigating a History channel television show called "American Jungle" are unable to prove any laws were violated during filming.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources began investigating after an episode raised concerns that unpermitted hunting was taking place on state land.

West Hawaii Today reports the department said Thursday the investigation wasn't able to prove that producers filmed on state land or if any marine or wildlife laws were violated.

The show depicts "clans" fighting over access to territorial hunting grounds, and using knives and spears to take down prey. DLNR Chairman William Aila and Gov. Neil Abercrombie have criticized how the show portrays hunting in Hawaii.

"Through the Hawaii Film Office, DLNR has conveyed to the History Channel its view that the show was misleading in its depiction and disrespectful, and its expectation that any future film projects must obtain permits for filming on state lands," department spokeswoman Deborah Ward said in an email.

"American Jungle" creator T'Jaye Forsythe said the state's investigation disrupted discussions about the show's future.

He said reactions to the show have been mixed. Reality television is a mix of fiction and reality, he said.

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 department noted there is no evidence that Native Hawaiians ever used spears to hunt cattle or pigs in the forest.

There were also concerns about an episode showing hunters at night. Hunting at night is illegal on public or private land.

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Wazdat wrote:
What a dumb show. I wish we had some local producers who could actually produce a show in Hawaii that we were proud of. First it was Dog the bounty hunter and now these clowns. Go away already
on June 20,2014 | 10:17AM
copperwire9 wrote:
I agree 100%!
on June 20,2014 | 12:32PM
BigOpu wrote:
Yups, I'm on board with that also. Stupid show. Watched 15 minutes of it to see what the fuss was about. Never watched it again.
on June 20,2014 | 02:58PM
jomama wrote:
Should do a show about commercial fishing in Hawaii. Would put those clowns Angry Tuna or whatever that show is to shame.
on June 21,2014 | 09:59AM
OregonRedRaider wrote:
this is one big joke of a portrayal of pig hunters in Hawaii. I know cuz i was raised hunting pigs. I watched the first episode and that was the last one i watched cuz of all the bulls*&t. point in case, when two pit bull dogs meet for the first time, they fight, but in the first episode, both groups meet, the so called clans are playing that "hold me back, hold me back" for the cameras and yelling at each other like they want to kill each other, but....and here is the tale telling sign, all the pit bull mix dogs from both groups are wagging their tails cuz they know each other...how come? as a hunter that ran into other hunters out in the bushes, the first thing we do is grab dogs cuz they trying to kill each other.. so this show is bu lie to the max...tag your it...
on June 20,2014 | 10:22AM
false wrote:
Uncles hunted and no dogs and no guns.
on June 20,2014 | 09:48PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Two classic lines from that show: "Look 'em!" and "I tol' you guys, you gotta get rubbah boots!"
on June 20,2014 | 10:59AM
fshnpoi wrote:
typical govt., always get's involved after the fact!
on June 20,2014 | 11:31AM
Slow wrote:
Good point. Government should get involved before the fact. Whatever that means. Censorship or something?
on June 20,2014 | 01:49PM
lowtone123 wrote:
I never even heard of this show and I watch History Channel regularly.
on June 20,2014 | 12:16PM
Bully wrote:
Dumb show, makes Big Island people look dumb. We dont need it.
on June 20,2014 | 01:32PM
HD36 wrote:
I thought the Corierra brudda's was down right hilarious. They don't appear dumb to me because their knowledge of survival in the wild is outstanding. They do appear primitive, in their territorial disputes going back 100 years.
on June 20,2014 | 08:28PM
Slow wrote:
The Dog and Beth were white saviors of the down-trodden brown man. 5-O depicts a surrealistic violent Hawaii with, again, white saviors. Now this nonsense. Does Wayne Harada love all these shows?
on June 20,2014 | 01:53PM
Hotel wrote:
Ted Nugent filmed his guilt on TV. It is illegal to use bait on hunts in California. Even for pigs. Ted does not like laws and regulations.
on June 20,2014 | 02:43PM
HD36 wrote:
I want a job with DNLR!
on June 20,2014 | 08:25PM
false wrote:
Seen it. It isn't culturally responsible. We practice a lot more intelligence than they do about being in the mountains and surviving. It's reality making a buck off Hawaii with outsiders doing their "trips". It doesn't sell Hawaii tourism market.
on June 20,2014 | 09:47PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
What a bunch of squares on this forum. Absolutely amazing. Anybody lame enough to take the show so seriously as to demand it's burial probably had no real fun injected into their dorky lives up to this point. The show was hilarious. Period. I'm glad they're discussing season 2. Hmmmm. You guys must believe that everything else you watch - like dual survivor, survivorman, kardashians, bachelor, vocal and dance contests, etc. - must be all accurate and true, right? LOL. Naive, silly children. It's called ENTERTAINMENT. Get some lives, go out of the box sometimes people!!
on June 21,2014 | 12:25AM
hawaiikone wrote:
You got that right.
on June 21,2014 | 07:30AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Watch the show a few times....seems to be scripted and over dramatize similar to shows like Dog the Bounty Hunter...surprised that the History Channel would air such programs...seems like a waste of money and time.....
on June 21,2014 | 02:03AM
yhls wrote:
It was the Big Island's version of "Deliverance." Nightmarish and completely fictional.
on June 21,2014 | 07:20AM
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