Picture-book publishers Arcadia, the crew with the sepia-tone "local histories," have tried something new here, telling a community history through the use of postcards. It's an interesting idea and the results are mixed. Virtually all the postcards here — more than 200 of them — are from the collection of Kauai author Cozad, and she wrote excellent caption information for each, placing the cards in historical and geographic context. Gaetano Vasta also did a terrific job of scanning the color-printed, dot-matrix cards and converting them into crisp black-and-white images, although there are still Gaussian-blur artifacts on some. On the other hand, the vibrant color of the cards is now missing, which makes the pictures in the book look rather similar and repetitive. While the images are interesting, they're not exactly fascinating. Postcards are by nature a kind of marketing propaganda, and the book misses out on an opportunity to dissect pop-culture references and trends inherent in the medium. The problem with the book? It's rather too tasteful to be fun.