KAVA SYMPOSIUM: "The '97 International Symposium on Kava (Piper methysticum) & Other South Pacific Herbs." An international panel will discuss: ethnobotanical and socio-historical implications, cultivation, regulatory issues regarding kava. Wednesday to Saturday, The Orchid at Mauna Lani, Kohala Coast, Hawaii.
Cost for members of American Herbal Products Association $525, nonmembers $580. Optional kava plantation tour and reception $100. Call 703-549-9500.
JOURNALISTS' EXCHANGE: East-West Center 1997 Jefferson Fellowship journalists share travel experiences at a luncheon.
Asia journalists spent four weeks on the mainland; American counterparts were in Asia. Noon May 22, Pacific Club. Members of Friends of the East-West Center, EWC Board of Governors, Pacific and Asian Affairs Council $15, nonmembers $17. Reservation deadline next Monday. Call 944-7691.
JAPAN LECTURE: "The Birth Strike, Aging and Other National Security Issues in Japan" by Merry White of Boston University. 11:30 a.m. May 21, Outrigger Prince Kuhio Hotel.
Cost for Japan-America Society of Hawaii members $22, nonmembers $24. Reservation deadline next Monday. Call 524-4450.