In 1998, Roger and Elsa learned of several two-acre parcels for sale in the North Shore community of Spreckelsville. The lots—which occupied former pineapple land—were large patches of reddish-orange dirt punctuated by weeds and clumps of black plastic. Even so, Elsa and Roger saw the potential. The couple had been renting a place in Spreckelsville, and were smitten with its central location and proximity to the ocean. They purchased one of the lots and started to plan their dream home. But Roger was suddenly juggling so many construction jobs that he had no time for his own. The project languished for nearly two years.
It took three orphaned palm trees to get the ball rolling.
Roger was tasked with removing the fifty-foot-tall palms from a jobsite in Kahului. They were too magnificent to chop up and toss out . . . so he uprooted them. “I asked around, but no one wanted them,” he recalls. So he and his crew loaded the trees onto flatbed trailers and caravanned to the Spreckelsville lot, where he replanted them. Roger says he felt a surge of inspiration once the trees were in; he had a clearer picture of how to develop the property.
Soon after, the Warks broke ground on their new home, and Roger squeezed in work on afternoons and weekends. The couple had already settled on a design: Envisioning a cluster of Balinese huts connected by covered breezeways, they decided on a sequence of rooms separated by short hallways.