Hawaiian Punch

Hawaiian Punch is a brand of fruit punch currently manufactured by Keurig Dr Pepper, originally invented in 1934 as a topping for ice cream. It is known to contain 3% of fruit juice. It was started from an original syrup flavor called Leo's Hawaiian Punch, containing orange, pineapple, passion fruit, guava and papaya, and is currently offering 14 different flavors since 2020.

Hawaiian Punch
Hawaiian Punch Logo.png
Product typeBeverage
OwnerKeurig Dr Pepper
CountryUnited States
Introduced1934; 87 years ago (1934)


Leo's Hawaiian Punch was created as an ice cream topping syrup in 1934 by A.W. Leo, Tom Yeats, and Ralph Harrison in a converted garage in Fullerton, California. It originally contained 5 fruit juices: orange, pineapple, passion fruit, guava and papaya - all imported from Hawaii. Although customers later discovered that it made an appealing drink when mixed with water, Hawaiian Punch (with "Leo's" name omitted) was only available wholesale in gallon glass jugs to ice cream parlors and soda fountains. The original company was named Pacific Citrus Products (PCP).

In 1946, Reuben P. Hughes purchased the company and renamed it the Pacific Hawaiian Products Company and quickly set about making Hawaiian Punch Base available directly to consumers in 1 quart glass containers. The immediate post-war period saw the introduction of ready-to-serve Hawaiian Punch in 46 oz tins (1950) & frozen concentrate (1955). Sometime around 1954, the brand was expanded to a 2nd flavor, Sunshine Yellow. The original red Hawaiian Punch became the "Rosy" flavor. At that same time, a sixth fruit flavor, apricot puree, was added to the formula. The Sunshine Yellow flavor omitted the orange juice of the original and replaced the original red food coloring with yellow. By 1955, Hawaiian Punch had become a national brand.

R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company bought Pacific Hawaiian in 1962 and later transferred it to its newly acquired Del Monte subsidiary in 1981.[citation needed] Procter & Gamble bought Hawaiian Punch from Del Monte Foods,[1] spun off from RJR Nabisco in 1989, a year later.[citation needed] Procter & Gamble sold Hawaiian Punch to Cadbury Schweppes in 1999.[2][3] Dr Pepper Snapple was spun off from Cadbury Schweppes in 2008. In 2018, Dr Pepper Snapple merged with Keurig Green Mountain to become Keurig Dr Pepper.


Currently, Hawaiian Punch contains 3% fruit juice.[4][5]


In 1961, the Atherton-Privett ad agency created a 20-second commercial to advertise Hawaiian Punch drink. The commercial was produced by John Urie and Associates in Hollywood. Jean Guy Jacques was the director; Bob Guidi and John Urie designed the two characters, Punchy and Oaf.[6] Ross Martin did Punchy's voice, "Hey! How 'bout a nice Hawaiian Punch?" and John Urie did Oaf's line, "Sure". Rod Scribner animated the commercials. Sam Cornell also worked on the later versions. Oaf never learned to say "No" and he was always punched. The commercial ended with Punchy leaning on a can of Hawaiian Punch, saying, "Wasn't that a refreshing commercial?" The commercial won many awards. After airing in February 1962 on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, the Punchy commercial was so special that Jack Paar said, "Let's play that again... the second time is free."[7] The Punchy and Oaf (sometimes called "Opie"[8]) characters were used in the product's commercials well into the 1980s, and again for a period in the early 1990s.


Original SyrupEdit

  • Leo's Hawaiian Punch

(became Hawaiian Punch, but the original consumer product in 1946 was called Hawaiian Punch Base)

Original canned flavorsEdit

  • Rosy Red (later Fruit Juicy)
  • Sunshine Yellow

2 additional flavors by 1966Edit

  • Orange
  • Grape

(Sunshine Yellow contained banana puree by 1966)

Other flavors 1967 & laterEdit

  • Cherry
  • Strawberry
  • Lemonade

Added 1969Edit

  • Fruit Juicy Red Low Calorie

Added 1971Edit

  • Cherry Royal

1975 canned flavorsEdit

  • Fruit Juicy Red
  • Great Grape
  • Sunshine Orange
  • Tropical Fruit
  • Very Berry
  • Fruit Punch Low Sugar

1975 "Drink Mix" flavorsEdit

  • Red Punch
  • Strawberry Punch
  • Tutti Frutti Punch

Post-1980 canned flavorsEdit

Product flavor facts since 2020Edit

The following fruit flavors are offered by Keurig Dr Pepper:[5]

  • Hawaiian Punch Berry Blue Typhoon Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Berry Bonkers Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Berry Limeade Blast Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red Juice Drink Light
  • Hawaiian Punch Green Berry Rush Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Lemon Berry Squeeze Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Lemon Lime Splash Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Lemonade Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Mango Monsoon Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Orange Ocean Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Punch Polar Blast Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Watermelon Berry Boom Juice Drink
  • Hawaiian Punch Whitewater Wave Juice Drink

In video gameEdit

Hawaiian Punch also featured in Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis themed park maker video game. It appeared in the Kiosk and Rest Area.


  1. ^ "P.&G. Is Buying Hawaiian Punch". The New York Times. 27 January 1990.
  2. ^ "COMPANY NEWS: PROCTER & GAMBLE SEEKS A BUYER FOR HAWAIIAN PUNCH". The New York Times. November 12, 1998.
  3. ^ "CADBURY AGREES TO BUY HAWAIIAN PUNCH FROM P.& G." Bridge News. 16 April 1999 – via The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Product Information". Hawaiian Punch. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  5. ^ a b "Keurig Dr Pepper Product Facts". July 2020.
  6. ^ Cross, Mary (2002). A Century of American Icons: 100 Products and Slogans from the 20th-Century Consumer Culture. Greenwood Press. pp. 137–138. ISBN 978-0313314810. Retrieved 4 September 2020.
  7. ^ Dotz, Warren; Morton, Jim (1996). What a Character! 20th Century American Advertising Icons. Chronicle Books. p. 119. ISBN 0-8118-0936-6.
  8. ^ https://popicon.life/throwback-hawaiian-punchs-punchy/

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