Na Pali Coast, Kauai. Photo by Julius Silver.
Hawaii abolished the death penalty before it was granted statehood in 1959. There were 49 executions before abolition in the late 1800's and early 1900's, all of which were hangings for murder. Almost all of those executed were minorities such as Native Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, or Filipino.
Hawaii abolished the death penalty in 1957.
Attempts to reinstate the death penalty have been presented to the state legislature over 15 times but have been unsuccessful.
Other interesting facts
In 2010, two Hawaiian inmates killed another Hawaiian inmate in one of the state's mainland facilities in Arizona. The two inmates are facing the possibility of a death sentence despite the fact that they are Hawaiian prisoners, because the crime was committed in Arizona.