Healthy Living Programs
Walking Groups - Moai

Belonging to a group of supportive, like-minded people who share your passion for healthy living might be the single-most powerful thing you can do to change your lifestyle for the better. 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 to help those in need. Based on this tradition, Walking Moai groups provide social interaction and support that are just as important to a person’s overall well-being as the benefits of walking.

Walking Moais meet once or twice a week, where they walk together for thirty minutes (or more), build friendships along the way and earn prizes for their progress and commitment to well-being. In the past year, nearly 140 local Walking Moai groups brought together more than 1,750 people in the Beach Cities, turning strangers into friends.

Other types of Moais can include Purpose Moais, where participants explore their true calling in life, or Potluck Moais that explore new recipes with a Plant Slant, focusing on vegetables, fruits and plant-based proteins.

Meeting times and locations vary throughout Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, which means you can participate in one that works with your schedule. Start your own group, or join an existing group, here.


Why should your existing group become a moai?

  • Be part of the movement for the Beach Cities becoming a national model for well-being
  • Earn recognition, prizes and discounts for your time together
  • Enjoy social connections, health benefits and motivating resources
  • Track your progress and celebrate your successes

Find a current list of Moai opportunities here.

Why I 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

Interested in connecting wtih like-minded locals who are looking to embrace a Blue Zones lifestyle with walking, purpose discussions and plant-slant potluck groups? Click here for a list of current groups. 

To learn more about Moais in the Beach Cities, or if you are interested in joining a group or attending an upcoming event, please contact Tiana Rideout at or 310-374-3426, ext. 139