State launches investigation into locally filmed TV showUPDATED 7:38 PM HST Nov 29, 2013Video Transcript
for Yunji De Nies. Now, its producers are defending the show -- even calling the state 'bullies.' KITV4's Lara Yamada joining us now ... ...with more in tonight's TOP story. Lara. The History Channel's "American Jungle" is being called a "warped interpretation" of Hawaii's hunting program. While producers of the show say... it's a witch hunt -- in a state effort -- to control land. NATS: Show Clip Here ALIA 36:50 This is a show which is billed as a reality show and it is far from reality. The History Channel's new series 'American Jungle' -- filmed on the Big Island -- is based on what are called "clans" who hunt for food. The show follows those "clans" in what appears to be an all out turf war. AILA 38:50 The values of the show are completely opposite of what hunters in Hawaii do. There are values of respect and sharing. Not what is portrayed in this so-called reality show. NATS: Show Clip Here The Department of Land and Natural Resources is particularly at odds with scenes in American Jungle showing clans hunting at night and hunting cows using spears and dogs -- all acts he believes are in violation of state laws. AILA 39:26 We're already getting calls from out of state hunters wanting to know how they can come to Hawaii and hunt at night. We have to tell them it's illegal to hunt at night in Hawaii. The show's local producer is defending the show. Saying 'American Jungle'... ...was filmed on private land, and since the state wasn't there for filming, it has no proof any laws were broken. On his website he adds: PRODUCER "If the show was meant to be an accurate depiction of hunting in Hawaii, we would have created a documentary. The DLNR is a bully, taking away rights, threatening cultural livelihood." DLNR director William Aila says the state denied the show a film permit, because the producer's application didn't give enough details on how the show would be filmed. Aila said he was not able to reach History Channel executives. He says the state has since launched an investigation. AILA 4054 It's hunters coming to us and saying you've got to do something about this. This is not who we are. This is not what we do. The DLNR and the national Humane Society are offering up to $5,000 for reports any violations of state Humane Society are offering up to $5,000 for reports any violations of state conservations laws. We spoke directly with Forsythe today -- who told us -- he can't comment about the show.