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.