Honolulu City Lights

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"Honolulu City Lights"
song by Keola Beamer and Kapono Beamer
Released 1978, re-released 1999
Genre Hawaiian
Label Paradise Productions
SLP 808
"Honolulu City Lights"
Cover of the Carpenters' single "Honolulu City Lights"
Single by The Carpenters
from the album Lovelines
B-side "I Just Fall in Love Again"
Released 1986
Format 7" single
Recorded 1978
Genre Pop
Label A&M
Writer(s) Keola Beamer
Producer(s) Richard Carpenter
The Carpenters singles chronology
"Little Altar Boy"
"Honolulu City Lights"
"Something in Your Eyes"

"Honolulu City Lights" is a song composed by Hawaiian singer/songwriter Keola Beamer (b. 1951) in the 1970s which opens an album by the same name. The album won several of the Hawaiian music industry's Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in 1979, among them that for Best Contemporary Hawaiian Album, and both song and album went on to become one of the most popular and most played works of contemporary Hawaiian music.

A cover of the song was recorded by Richard and Karen Carpenter in 1978, but was not released until 1986 on single, and 1989 on album.

The Beamer Brothers album was re-released in 1999 as "Honolulu City Lights – 20th Anniversary" but listed as "Honolulu City Lights – 20th Anniversary" in leading catalogs and remains in print as of 2009.

The Carpenters' cover[edit]

According to the official website, Richard and Karen were vacationing in Hawaii in 1977 when they heard Keola Beamer's "Honolulu City Lights". They liked it and wanted to record it, eventually recording it at the same session as "Slow Dance".

The recording was not commercially released until three years after Karen Carpenter's death. They finally released it in 1986, three years before it was released on the Lovelines album.