what is a moai?

Walking Moais are groups of 5-8 people that meet weekly for 10 weeks to walk together and socialize. 

The term "moai" (pronounced mow-eye) comes from Okinawa, Japan. It means "meeting for a common purpose," and originated as a way for villagers to support each other. Social networks have a long-term, proven impact on well-being, so Blue Zones Project® has created weekly contests to encourage you to get walking and talking.

Watch the Walking Moai Video



Join us for a Moai launch at the Northwest YMCA on September 6! Click here for details.

Join a Moai

(or start one)



  1. Join a Walking Moai and get together for at least 30 minutes once a week for 10 weeks.


  2. Attend a Moai Launch to kick off the 10-week period. This is your chance to meet your Moai, set meeting dates on the calendar, and identify your Team Leader.


  3. Your Team Leader will log how much time you’ve spent together, where you walked, and who participated each week.


  1. Enter to win prizes such as gift certificates to Blue Zone Project Approved™ restaurants and fitness gear by participating in weekly contests.


  2. Gather with your Moai for a 10-week Victory Celebration where the team with the most time spent together wins a grand prize.

Click here for Walking Moai resources including a map of the Trinity Trails.


WHat does it take to lead a walking moai?

Moai Team Leaders play an integral role in a successful Walking Moai by forming a team of 5-8 members, encouraging attendance and tracking Moai metrics.

Moai Team Leader Responsibilities and Weekly Activities:

  • Set a time and place for your group to meet and walk at least 30 minutes once a week for ten weeks. 

  • Contact and support members of your group who miss weekly walks.

  • Report your group’s progress and time spent together each week online. 

  • Spark conversation around tips to keep your group motivated and take photos along the way!

Are you ready to lead your team to better well-being? 

  • Create a team of 5-8 people and provide them with a Walking Moai Guide so they have an understanding of the program and expectations.

  • Collect information from your Moai including first name, last name, and email address.

  • Register on this page to start a Moai. 

Start a Moai!


FAQ's, Guides, Maps, Recipes and more for the Moai program.


Upcoming Events

Click below to see a list of Moai Launches and Victory Celebrations.


Terms & Conditions

All the details that are important for you to know about the Moai program.