Charlize Theron enjoyed an unforgettable New Year's Eve (03/04) - soaked in Hawaiian rainstorms as her friends and relatives battled the flu.

The Italian Job beauty travelled out to the usually sun-kissed Pacific Islands for what she thought would be an idyllic way to beckon in 2004.

But instead, Theron - who returned from her trip this week (ends09JAN04) - was greeted with misery.

She says, "Seven days of rain! Not just rain - storms! And then a couple of people got sick with the flu. It was just great!"

But it wasn't a total wash-out: "The last two days were actually beautiful, so it made up for it."

09/01/2004 09:29