Dolphin researcher and community activist Star Newland has passed away at 65, according to her son Tiger Stanley and her friend and business partner Michael Hyson.
Star, who also called herself Paradise Newland, advocated to change or “sculpt” society’s language, to focus on clarity. “Language sculpting,” she said, “was the creation of coherent realities through the conscious use of language,” Michael explained.
Through her efforts, “Say yes to Domestic Harmony” stickers are adhered to the bumpers of all County of Hawaii vehicles, including Hele-On buses and marked police vehicles and are expected to adhere on U.S. Navy ships, according to Michael.
Star was also involved in the natural birthing movement. Specifically, she advocated for gentle birth, water birth, and dolphin attended birth. She was such an advocate for pre-birth dolphin contact, so much so that at one time she had to defend herself against Child Protective Services, seeking to take her child away from her for choosing to give birth on a beach where dolphins could be present.
For the last 20 years Star was involved in the Interspecies Birth Cohort Project. In recent weeks, Michael shared details of their project with Big Island Chronicle. A separate story about the project involving Star and Michael is pending.
Michael had spoken on behalf of Star at her request, since her health had declined and she was not up for the interview. Star wanted to clarify a controversial story that gained nationwide attention about a couple from North Carolina that sought out Star for pre-birth dolphin contact.
Star was also the founding partner of Sirius Institute, which has two general goals: “dolphinization of the planet and humanization of space.”
Both Star and Michael have wanted to raise the consciousness of humans to somewhere near that of the dolphins and reintegrate the cetacea — the Mammalian order, including dolphins and whales — into society as the “conscious sentient beings they are.”
Star was a colleague of John C. Lilly, M.D. and his wife Toni. John is the pre-eminent dolphin researcher in the world. Star had been involved in dolphin research for over 30 years. Sirius Institute is a subsidiary of the Sirius Connection, which was incorporated in Canada 28 years ago — Star at one point called her company Sirius Connection 418, denoting “the great works completed — the complete awakening of all mankind.”
Michael was with Star up until her death, and noted that she was able to say her goodbyes to her sons Tiger and John Kehena Newland Lucy and friends. “She basically said, she was going to ‘pop out, go home and get a new body,'”
“She was very weak, could barely hold up phone, but she was still very loving and in good spirits,” Michael said. “She would have liked to stayed around longer. But she felt like she was done. She established the things she wanted to establish. Domestic Harmony. Gentle Birth. Bee Buddies.
Michael noted Bee Buddies was her more recent campaign to raise awareness about bees. She wanted people to think of them, plant trees and flowers they like, and to work on their preservation and health.
“She was brilliant, dedicated, hard-working, extremely creative, and probably the best cetacea advocate on the planet,” Michael said. “She was an advocate for gentle birth, cetacea and their reintegration into our society.”
For more information about Star, visit her website at planetpuna.com. Tiger will be announcing a location and time of memorial.