About HNCE

HAWAII NURSES CONTINUING EDUCATION is Hawaii’s first presenter of continuing education for nurses. HNCE was organized by a nurse with advanced degrees and experience in both practice and teaching in March 2017, in response to the Hawaii State Legislature’s requirement of 30 hours of continuing education for nurses to meet license requirements. We are operated by nurses for nurses to encourage our professional growth and clinical practice via continuing competency and mutual support.

Our conferences address timely issues important to our patients and their families, our practices, and our communities.  All our conferences are approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation, and in accordance with Hawaii’i State Board of Nursing Regulation.


Executive Director Leslie Jane Sullivan RN, MSN, MA, EdDC is a Family Nurse Practitioner who has been in practice since 1981 and has taught nursing on the undergraduate and graduate levels since 1986. She makes her home in Honolulu.
Nurse Educator K. U’ilani Chow-Rule RN, MSN, DNP is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. She received her undergraduate at HPU in 2001 and her Master’s of Science in Public Health Nursing at UHM in 2010. She is currently enrolled at UH Hilo in the NP/DNP program. Her areas of interest is in rural health and cultural humility in medicine. She was born in Honolulu and makes her home in ‘Ewa Beach.
Nurse Educator Connie Comiso RN, BSN, LMT, CCE, CCM attended Kailua High School and got her BSN at the University of Hawaii School of Nursing. She has worked as Certified Hypnotherapist, Case Manager, Childbirth Educator, floor nurse and supervisor in many specialties. Some areas Connie has worked are OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Med/Surg, Oncology, Trauma, Neurology/ Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Rehab, Community Nursing, Public Health Nursing, and Forensic Nursing with Adult Protective Services. She has partnered with Domestic Violence Action Center as a spokesperson and coordinated fundraising by being Race Director for the Race Against Violence 5K for many years.

Connie also ran for UH, has completed in over 100 marathons, and has been coaching high school cross country and track for 20 years. She continues to run, is happily married with 2 adult children.