She is of Japanese, Chinese, and Irish ancestry, and is the youngest of two children. Carrie Ann grew up dancing the hula native Hawaiian dance and other dance forms. She also played the piano and violin and sang in the choir.
She attended Hanahaouli School and then Punahou School. Carrie Ann played volleyball for a little while but found her true love in performing. At the age of 16, she and her closest friend Tina Horii won the Hawaii statewide competition, "Search for Talent", dancing Carrie ann inaba bikini piece that they had choreographed together.
However, she waited until she finished high school and then left Hawaii to pursue her career as a musical artist in Japan. In the two-year period spent living in Tokyo, Japan, she learned a great deal about the entertainment industry, performing, as well as the Japanese language.
She also made great friends from all over the world, which later became a theme in her life as a documentarian. After realizing that the Tokyo lifestyle wasn't for her at the time, Carrie Ann returned to the United States, relocating to California.