Healthy Living Programs
Moai Social Groups

A Moai (pronounced “Mo Eye”) is a group of people meeting for a common purpose and can include activities like walking, purpose discussions and potluck meals. The word “Moai” comes from Okinawa, Japan, where neighbors use Moais as support systems. Based on this tradition, Moai groups are considered just as important to a person’s health as the benefits of being active, healthy eating and finding a purpose.


Join a Moai Social Group: Walking, Potluck & More!

Staying connected, active and belonging to a group of supportive, like-minded people is just as vital to your well-being as exercise and healthy eating. Spend time with others who share your passion for healthy living. Come join a “Moai” Social Group around walking, potlucks, gardening or other healthy activities—these free groups meet weekly or monthly.

Sunday, August 6, 1-3 p.m. | Joslyn Community Center, 1601 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach
FREE, registration is requested.
Presented by Beach Cities Health District in partnership with City of Manhattan Beach Older Adults Program.


Moai Social Event: Knit in the Park with Blankets of Love South Bay

Join in making newborn baby blankets to be donated to worthy causes. Bring your own knitting or crocheting supplies and a lawn chair.

Saturday, August 26, Noon-3 p.m.| Polliwog Park at the Gazebo, 1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach
Presented by Blankets of Love South Bay

For more information about connecting with a Moai Social Group and the Moai Social Events, please contact Tiana Rideout or 310-374-3426, ext. 139. 

Learn about our different Moai groups and join us for a Moai social kick off.


Walking Moais meet once or twice a week and walk together for at least 30 minutes. In the past year, nearly 140 local walking Moai groups have brought together more than 1,750 people in the Beach Cities, turning strangers into friends.

Potluck Moais meet once a month and explore new recipes with a “Plant Slant,” dishes focused on vegetables, fruits and plant-based proteins. Vegans, vegetarians, or those simply looking to eat healthier are all welcome.

Purpose Discussion Moais meet once a week for 10 weeks to talk about how each member can live their purpose in everyday life. Discover your life’s purpose surrounded by a supportive, encouraging group.

Meeting times and locations vary throughout Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Click here for a list of our current Moai groups.  Use the Moai Interest Form here or contact Tiana Rideout to get started and learn about upcoming events. 

Why I Joined a Moai
"I joined a Walking Moai in April of 2011 and have been walking ever since. I'm sure my health has improved as a result of walking at least sixteen miles per week. However, what has been even more important is the fact that my wife and I have met a group of great people who also walk with our Moai, the Ocean Walkers. We not only walk together but we enjoy each others' company socially. When I walk with our partners in the Moai, it's so much more interesting to find out what our friends did on the weekend or what movies they saw, or to meet their sons or daughters who occasionally join us." – Irwin Brand, Moai participant