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Hawai´i Hands Out First Vaccination Prizes

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A Big Island resident is among the first in the state to win a prize for becoming vaccinated against COVID-19.

Elaine Nishiura, of Hilo, won 100,000 HawaiianMiles provided by Hawaiian Airlines. Mark Matsuo of Honolulu won two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. The Hawai´i residents were named first two weekly winners of the #HIGotVaccinated prize giveaway on Wednesday, June 16.

“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. “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 contest,” Matsuo said. “Can’t wait to go somewhere and have some fun off island. So glad I got vaccinated and you should too!”


In addition to HawaiianMiles and Alaska Airlines weekly drawings, beginning on Friday, June 18, weekly winners will also be selected to receive 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points and two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines

“We are excited to support Hawai´i’s vaccination initiative through the donation of 1 million Marriott Bonvoy points,” Bob Kharazmi, Marriott International’s Area Vice President for Hawaii and French Polynesia said. “Ten prizes will be awarded and each recipient will receive 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points to be used at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program, where travelers can enjoy 30 brands and endless experiences globally.”

The independent Hawai´i accounting firm Accuity LLP serves as the official contest verification service to ensure winners are selected fairly and according to the official contest rules.


Vaccinated Hawai´i residents also have the opportunity to win new #HIGotVaccinated prizes, thanks to additional donations from Hawaii businesses:

  • Kahala Hotel & Resort – Two nights in an Ocean Front 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 Hawai´i – 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 Hawai´i
  • Elite Discount Furniture  – Two $500 gift cards redeemable at three O`ahu locations

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

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


State residents 18 and older who get vaccinated by June 30 can enter to win at The #HIGotVaccinated campaign is supported by Adventist Health Castle, Hawai´i Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente Hawai´i, Maui Health, MDX Hawai´i, The Queen’s Health Systems, and the generous support of Hawai´i’s business community.

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