Hilo woman among first winners of vaccination contest

  • Matsuo

  • Nishiura

A Hilo woman and Honolulu man were named the first two winners of the #HIGotVaccinated prize giveaway.

Elaine Nishiura of Hilo won 100,000 HawaiianMiles, provided by Hawaiian Airlines, and Mark Matsuo of Honolulu won two round-trip tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.


“I really appreciate it and was very excited to have won, especially since my husband and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary,” Nishiura said in news release. “We always fly with Hawaiian and will enjoy using the miles for future travel. Also, I would like to tell everyone to get vaccinated so we can get to a more safe and normal lifestyle.”

“Mahalo to Alaska Airlines for making me the first-round prize winner in the HIGotVaccinated.com contest,” Matsuo said in the release. “Can’t wait to go somewhere and have some fun off island. So glad I got vaccinated and you should too!”

In addition to the HawaiianMiles and Alaska Airlines weekly drawing, weekly winners will be selected to receive 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to be used at hotels participating in the program and two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines.

Vaccinated Hawaii residents also have the opportunity to win new prizes including:

• Kahala Hotel &Resort — Two nights in an oceanfront lanai room with daily upcountry breakfast for two at Plumeria Beach House and a customized massage for two at The Kahala Spa, valued at more than $3,000;

• Papa John’s Hawaii — Three Pizza for a Year prizes;

• Enjoy Snacks — Enjoy Snacks for a year;

• NAPA Auto Parts — $1,000 gift card redeemable at 26 NAPA locations across Hawaii; and

• Elite Discount Furniture — Two $500 gift cards redeemable at three Oahu locations.

Winners of those prizes will be selected at the end of the month and notified in July.

Nearly 20 businesses have donated prizes to incentivize vaccinations, and more than 80 businesses are offering discounts and deals throughout the month of June for vaccinated individuals.


Hawaii residents 18 and older who get vaccinated by June 30 can enter to win at HIGotVaccinated.com.

The Independent Hawaii Accounting Firm Accuity LLP serves as the official contest verification service to ensure winners are selected fairly and according to the official contest rules.

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