Fans were for the first time given the chance to vote for which player they wanted to pair with Johnson, with Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar the other candidates.
But Masters champion Scott, the world number two, won out to set up an exciting opening-round match-up on the Plantation Course.
The Australian is looking to build on the best year of his career in 2013, with his maiden major victory, FedExCup play-off victory at The Barclays and six top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour leading him to be named Player of the Year by the Golf Writers Association of America, ahead of Tiger Woods.
"It is an honour to be recognised as the most consistent male golfer of 2013," Scott said.
He is up against a strong field this weekend, though, with the tournament exclusive to tour winners from the 2013 calendar,
Johnson, for one, holds happy memories of the event following his four-shot win over fellow American Steve Stricker last year.
The field features six of the top 16 in the world rankings, including PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Zach Johnson and Brandt Snedeker.
There is no Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, though.
Rookie of the Year Jordan Spieth is also in the line-up, while Scotland's Martin Laird is the sole British player in action.
The par-73 Plantation Course is known for its exposure to the wind but David Smallwood, the resort's chief superintendent, is confident the conditions will be favourable this weekend.
"We're not seeing any speeds above 15 [mph]," he said on www.pgatour.com. "Fifteen mile-an-hour wind at Kapalua is very normal. We'll be able to handle it just fine."