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Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope Corporation

65-1238 Mamalahoa Highway

Kamuela, Hawaii 96743

United States

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Employment History

Advocate for the University's Management

Mauna Kea


Committee Member
The National Optical Astronomy Observatory




California Institute of Technology

Ph. D.


University of Hawaii's Institute for Astronomy



Institute of Astronomy at UH Manoa



University of Hawaii

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Doug Simons, executive director of the Canada-France-Hawai'i Telescope, doesn't normally walk around in shorts like me, but there he was, cooking hamburgers.

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"The Kamaaina Observatory Experience will be the first program of its kind in the 50-year history of astronomy on Maunakea," said Doug Simons, executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT).

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Douglas Simons - Douglas Simons is the Executive Director for the Canada-France-Hawai`i Telescope (CFHT) on Maunakea. After receiving his Ph.D. in astronomy from the Institute of Astronomy at UH Manoa, he began working as a staff astronomer for the CFHT. He later joined the Gemini 8-meter telescope project as a systems scientist and eventually was named manager of Gemini's instrument development program. In 2006, he was appointed Director of Gemini, but in 2012, he returned to CFHT as its executive director. He has devoted countless hours of volunteer service to the Waiakea Elementary and High schools and serves as guest lecturer in the classroom on astronomy and other science fields. He has been an advocate for the University's management of Maunakea including providing supporting testimony on the Comprehensive Management Plan, and has volunteered on several occasions with the Office of Maunakea Management's volunteer invasive weed pulls at Halepohaku. Dr.Simons presents a balanced perspective of advancing astronomy on Maunakea with an approach that does minimal harm to the resources.

"The Kamaaina Observatory ... [cached]

"The Kamaaina Observatory Experience will be the first program of its kind in the 50-year history of astronomy on Maunakea," said Doug Simons, executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT).

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Doug Simons, executive director of the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope already on Mauna Kea, is concerned that abandoning the project could prevent other Big Island students like Kaluna from educational opportunities in science. Thirty Meter Telescope officials launched the Hawaii Island New Knowledge Fund for STEM education, a fund that will contribute $1 million annually for the 19-year Mauna Kea sublease with the University of Hawaii.

"We don't have that kind of philanthropy flowing into the school community," Simons said. "That would be a huge loss."
Having lived on the Big Island for 30 years, Simons said he sympathizes with protesters' cultural concerns.
"TMT and Mauna Kea have served as something of a focal point in a range of longstanding concerns within the Hawaiian community," he said, adding that he knows protesters are not against science, or the telescope itself.
"It happened to be a telescope," that protesters banded together to oppose, he said. "It could have been something else somewhere else in the islands."
Despite their disagreements about Mauna Kea, Simons said he has had a good relationship with the protesters who maintained constant vigil on the mountain to prevent construction from resuming. "I've always been treated with respect and I've never felt threatened," he said.

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