Slideshow SLIDESHOW: Ask A Pastry Chef: Ross Alaimo at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Big Island, Hawaii

[Photographs: Kathy YL Chan]

Tucked along the Kohala Coast of Hawaii's Big Island is the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. Pastry Chef Ross Alaimo has been with the Mauna Kea for over two decades and is known for creating noteworthy sweets that place a quiet but ever present emphasis on the numerous local fruits and ingredients unique to Hawaii.

From fresh mochi ice cream to local banana bread (in case you didn't know, Hawaii is obsessed with banana bread), and Big Island goat cheesecake, click through the slideshow for Chef Ross' favorite picks from the menu.

About the author: Originally from Honolulu, and now based in NYC, Kathy YL Chan blogs at Kathy YL Chan, where she chronicles her adventures in travel and tea.

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

26200 Mauna Kea Beach Road Kohala Coast Hawaii 96743 808-882-7222

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