Growing olives on Maui topic of speaker

WAILUKU – The Italian American Social Club will host a potluck dinner Tuesday with a discussion on the prospect of growing olives on Maui.

The event at 6 p.m. in St. Theresa Church’s Stawasz Hall will feature speaker Alan Battersby.

Battersby owns and operates the new Calasa Gulch Olive Tree Farm in Upcountry.

He promised to bring a “little touch and taste” of Italy with his green, black and purple olives. Battersby not only wants to grow olives but also produce olive oil on the island.

He also will discuss the history of the farm and its future, according to a news release from the Italian American Social Club. He has about 2,000 olive trees in various stages of growth on his villa-style property as well as grapes and assorted Italian herbs and fruits on about 20 acres, according to other news reports on Battersby’s olive venture.

The public is welcome to the meeting.

For more information, contact Don Tedesco at 214-6366 or email him at

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