Hoola Luahine—In these recent past days, women have been seen wearing tilted to the side, high-crowned hats made with skill, and when looking at this, it is becoming to the youth and to the elderly as well; and for this reason, this type of hat is called, a “hoola luahine [reviving old lady].” We are appreciative of this endeavor; it decreases the money spent on foreign hats.
(Kuokoa, 12/4/1875, p. 2)
In English, “reviving old lady” doesn’t come across as a flattering name for a style of hat. However, that probably wasn’t true in Hawaiian in 1875. At least we can hope so.
Hmmm… “Ho‘ōla” is literally to “bring to life,” “heal,” “cure,” &c. It sounds more like perhaps a tongue in cheek sort of naming rather than flattering, but probably was appealing to the senior crowd, if it indeed lived up to its name!
or… “rejuvinating“ instead of “reviving“…