Na Lei Kukui Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

About the Program

The WCCHC Na Lei Kukui Nurse Practitioner Residency Program is a post-graduate residency program that began in 2015 to help new family and adult nurse practitioners expand their competency to deliver comprehensive, patient-centered primary care services. The program offers residents a 12-month, full-time salaried position working directly with specialists and primary care providers to increase their confidence and knowledge in caring for patients – especially those with multiple chronic conditions. In addition to hands-on experience in the clinics, the residents also attend lectures on a variety of subjects that build on their current knowledge of disease processes, treatment options and medications. This innovative program is just one of the ways WCCHC is successfully addressing provider shortages by “growing their own healers.”

Program Mission

The mission of the Na Lei Kukui Nurse Practitioner Program (Lei of Enlightenment and Knowledge) is to provide new Nurse Practitioners with enhanced training and education to meet the intense and complex clinical demands of primary care within a community health center setting, which in turn, produces competent and confident providers able to deliver comprehensive, integrated primary care that improves health outcomes for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities as well as the health system as a whole.

Program Vision

We aim to foster the next generation of Nurse Practitioners to serve the nation's populations that are disproportionally affected with chronic health conditions, of which are Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, and in doing so, develop leaders in the health profession who can deliver high quality health care in a community health center setting.

Program Goals

  1. Expand access to quality primary care for underserved and special populations and contribute to the clinical workforce by training new nurse practitioners in a community healthcare setting utilizing both traditional face-to-face and virtual telehealth methods of healthcare delivery
  2. Expand and strengthen health care access through telehealth for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities that Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center serves.
  3. Increase access to treatment of common behavioral health conditions in a primary care setting
  4. Increase the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) who have completed preceptor training in the state of Hawaii
  5. Increase capacity for holistic addiction/pain management treatment on the West Coast of Oahu
  6. Improve population health of the Waianae Coast through NP Residency WCCHC Quality Improvement program
  7. Increase knowledge of Hawaiian cultural traditions and practices that influence the WCCHC population and health choices
  8. Enhance the competence and confidence of residents in providing care for high-risk populations disproportionately affected by social determinants of health (SDOH), and effectively integrate these practices into the primary care practice setting
  9. To expand the integration of maternal health into a community-based primary care program
  10. Expand Health Care Access to Rural Areas by providing training in the provision of primary care in a rural health setting

New Applicants

Applications will be accepted January 1, 2024 through April 1, 2024 with the program period being September 2024 to August 2025.

Who Can Apply

  • Recent Graduates: Must be within 18 months of licensure and certification
  • AANP/ANCC Certification or eligible for certification
  • Hawaii RN or APRN License or eligible for license
  • Due to grant funding restrictions, candidates must be a US citizen and cannot be enrolled in an academic program during the NP Residency program
  • Please note: Licensing and credentialing does not need to be active at the time of the application submission. However, it is required before the start of the program year in September. The following licenses are required: APRN, DEA, and NEA
Preferred Qualifications
  • A demonstrated commitment to working in an underserved community
  • Intention to work in primary care in an FQHC after residency
How to Apply
Download Primary Care NP Residency Application Download Primary Care NP Residency Application

If you are a recent NP Graduate (within 18 months) and committed to working in an underserved community, we encourage you to consider submitting your application. For more information, please email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

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Important Dates

February 27th, 2024 10:00am Hawaii Time
Virtual Meet and Greet with Residency leadership and residents.

April 1, 2024
Application Deadline for Primary Care NP Residency

The EBNHC FNP Residency Program is in the process of accreditation through the Consortium for Advance Practice Providers.
If you would like to provide public comments as part of our Accreditation Process, please visit the Accreditation Status and Public Comment Website.

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