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.

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Moai Matching Event - September 30
In partnership with the Center for Health & Fitness Active Aging Week
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. Come join a “Moai” Social Group and enjoy:

  • Complimentary refreshments
  • Learn how to live a longer, happier life through Blue Zones Project’s healthy living principles
  • Spend time with others who share your passion for healthy living
  • Join or create a Moai Social Group around walking, potlucks, restaurant dining and purpose discussions — these free groups meet weekly or monthly

Date: Monday, September 30
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Beach Cities Health District, Redondo Room (Lower Level) 514 N. Prospect Ave, Redondo Beach
Cost: FREE! Registration requested

There will be a brief presentation about Blue Zones Project and you’ll hear from current group participants about their experiences with different types of group activities. We’ll discuss weekly walking groups of various speeds, potlucks to share plant-slant meals, discussion groups around life purpose and dining together at Blue Zones Project Approved restaurants and more!

Then, everyone will have the opportunity to chat and join groups. You have the option to join a variety of established groups or start a new group. Please come with an idea of your preferred activities and availability.

If you have questions leading up to this event, please contact (310) 374-3726 ext. 139 or email Our team looks forward to meeting you!


Types of Moai

Walking Moai
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 Moai
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 Moai
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.

Join a Group
Meeting times and locations vary throughout Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Email 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