Kapiolani

from F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby (Chapter VII) on Rap Genius

Meaning

Exotic Vacations and Conspicuous Consumption
Kapiolani is a park on the Hawaiian island of Oahu created by King Kalakaua in the 1870’s. Tom “name drops” the place they vacationed to show Daisy that he has provided her with an excellent lifestyle that is full of luxuries. Spending time leisurely is a behavior associated with conspicious consumption. Many times, only the wealthy have the opportunity to take extravagant vacations. While Tom is demonstrating all the memories they have together, he is still defining his marriage with Daisy in economic and material terms instead of expressing emotional love.

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