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.

Learn about our different Moai groups: 

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 Moais meet once every 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.

Get started, join an existing group here.

Click here for a list of our current Moai groups.  

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


Why should your existing club or social 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 connectedness, health benefits and motivating resources
  • Track your progress and celebrate your successes

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.