Irene was born at Kuakini Medical Center and raised in Kaneohe where she enjoyed sewing flower leis during her high school years. After graduating from Castle High School, she worked at Kuakini Medical Center for over 25 years as a kidney center ward clerk and at the credit union as a loan officer. She started her legal career as a receptionist at Stubenberg and Durrett in 2000, and later moved to Est8Planning Counsel LLLC as a legal secretary. For several years thereafter, she worked in the medical field, before returning to the legal field at Estate Planning Partners.
Irene enjoys spending time with family and friends and watching Korean dramas.