Las Vegas police officer says 'mahalo' to Hawaii students who wrote thank you letters

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in modern American history, junior Josh Morisaki was among dozens of Iolani School students who wrote letters of thanks to police officers and other first responders in Las Vegas.

On Wednesday, Morisaki read his aloud.

"Every night, when I watch the news, I'm lifted by hearing your acts of bravery and kindness," said Morisaki.

Last week, Morisaki's was among 60 letters penned by Iolani students that were hand-delivered to two Las Vegas police stations and a hospital by members of Iolani's Class of 1992, who were in Las Vegas for their 25th reunion.

One of those Las Vegas police officers – Dominique Davis-Thomas, and his wife, Ashlee – dropped by the school on Wednesday to say return the favor, especially since it was Morisaki who wrote his letter.

The couple are vacationing in Hawaii for the first time. Today's visit was a surprise to the students.

"I was like, 'I'm going to Hawaii, I need to see this kid. I need to go to the school and say thank you,'" said Davis-Thomas, who wasn't working the night of the shooting, though his fellow officers at his police station were among the first who answered the call.

"I thought I was just going to give it to someone, end of story, but it's really cool how they are able to come back," said Morisaki.

"To get this letter sitting at my desk, and I've already planned a trip to Hawaii, and he's (Morisaki) here... It's just a blessing to even have that opportunity," said Davis-Thomas.

"It just really shows that as a nation we all can love one another," added his wife, Ashlee.

For the students, it was life-lesson in the classroom about the value of a simple thank you.

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