New Women’s Hats, 1875.

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)

Hoola Luahine

Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke XIV, Helu 49, Aoao 2. Dekemaba 4, 1875.

3 thoughts on “New Women’s Hats, 1875.

  1. 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!

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