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.

FREE Moai Matching Event

Join Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) for a free event to connect with “wellness buddies” and Moai groups in your community.  Moai groups at BCHD include walking, potlucks and more. Come meet your Moai and turn a 2018 resolution into action!

Moai Matching
Saturday, February 24
10 a.m. - Noon
Beach Cities Health District Admin Office, 1200 Del Amo St., Redondo Beach, CA 90277


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