KANEOHE, Hawaii - A server at Ichiriki Japanese Nabe Restaurant in Kaneohe received a $500 tip from a customer on Christmas Eve.

The woman was seated at a table for four, set for one Sunday afternoon. 

The holidays can be tough when you dine alone on Christmas Eve, but turns out her server, Dimitri Peterson-Kaliko was just the friendly face she needed. 

"I was really shocked because the bill is really small and it was just her," said Peterson-Kaliko.  

Instead of a standard 15-20%, the woman tipped Peterson-Kaliko an amount that was 24 times more than her grand total, and it was no mistake.  

"When Dimitri received that $500 from that customer, it honestly made me cry, like I literally had to turn around a little bit and tear up, just let it out," said Kohl Smith, Assistant Manager of Ichiriki Kaneohe.   

The customer left the note written on the receipt, it says-- "Dimitri, Your smile turned an otherwise sad day into a much better day! Mele Kalikimaka." 

"That's what really made my day right there," said Peterson-Kaliko.

Peterson-Kaliko said the woman didn't share much about her day, but the thoughtful note helped him get through his first holiday without his brother and nephews.

"Even though you're not with your family, make the best of it," said Peterson-Kaliko, "everybody that's around you, show love, respect them-- even if it's a stranger, an act of kindness can really go a really far way, really go a far way." 

Even to the ninth island, Peterson-Kaliko plans to use the woman's generous gift to visit his brother and nephews at their new home in Las Vegas, NV next month. 

"It was really cool because I was going to go see my nephews and my brother up in Vegas for New Year's, so it was like a blessing, that just happened out of nowhere and I was really blessed," said Peterson-Kaliko.  

Smith said the gift was well-deserved. 

"Dimitri is a really awesome person, he's very sincere, and I wouldn't doubt that Dimitri gave amazing service to that lady," said Smith. 

As more customers walk through the door, Peterson-Kaliko has a message for the woman who stopped by for a late lunch. 

"God bless her family, merry Christmas to her, and thank you so much and I'm looking forward to seeing her again," said Peterson-Kaliko.