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    A ricotta and mascarpone tart with oranges and chocolate was on the dessert menu at the Pearl in September.

The student-run restaurants at Kapiolani and Leeward community colleges offer upscale yet economical dining experiences as they provide training for the next generation of Hawaii’s chefs and restaurant managers.

We salute the ambitions of the students and the dedication of their teachers.

At Kapiolani Community College

4303 Diamond Head Road,

‘Ohelo Building


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Open Tuesdays to Thursdays. Lunch seatings: 11 and 11:30 a.m., noon. Dinner seatings: 5:30, 5:45 and 6 p.m.

Meals are three-course prix fixe: $20-$26 at lunch; $30-$35 at dinner.

Reservations: 734-9499 until 4:30 p.m.; 734-9488 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. or through Yelp SeatMe (via the KCC website)

At Leeward Community College

98-045 Ala Ike St., Pearl City

Open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. Entree prices are about $15. Menu changes every two weeks. A $25 Thanksgiving buffet is served Nov. 18-20.

Reservations: 455-0475

The annual Chef’s Showcase Nov. 6 features a five-course dinner by Jesse Cruz of Livestock Tavern. Seatings begin at 6 p.m. Cost is $70; $85 with wine pairings. Call 455-0298.

Note: Both restaurants are open only when school is in session. Call or check the websites or call for dates of operation.

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