Originally intended for use only at the memorial service, Sunway decided to release the song at the request of a number of people who were deeply affected by it. The release remains in its original form - listeners hear only Sunway’s strong yet sweetly vulnerable voice, backed by a simple piano arrangement that quietly enhances the emotions being expressed. The simplicity of the arrangement, by multi-platinum award-winning composer Joerg Alfter, results in a far more powerful statement than would otherwise be the case had the song been subjected to over-production.
Honoliʻi was written by Sunway (lyrics) and Joerg Alfter (music, and engineering), and is now available as a digital download only on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and other outlets. (There are no plans to release it on CD.)