A moja kwa moja stone serves as a path to a landmark to get to the Tree of Life. To show the path to the correct landmark, it must be activated with Makini's staff; otherwise, it cannot be told if it's a moja kwa moja stone or not. Painted stones that do not have a Tree of Life icon on it are not moja kwa moja stones.
Role in the series
In "Battle for the Pride Lands", Kion and Ono receive injuries during the final battle against Scar. As Rafiki finds out that there is no cure for Kion in the Pride Lands, he tells the Pridelanders that the only place for them to be healed is to get to the Tree of Life, which is far away from the Pride Lands by following the moja kwa moja stones. The Guard then leaves the Pride Lands and plan to follow the moja kwa moja stones to get to the Tree. During their journey, the group stumbles upon Makucha's territory in the Backlands during the events of "The Harmattan" where it is shown that Kion's team has already left the Pride Lands to get to the Tree. Throughout their journey, Anga helps Kion find a moja kwa moja stone with a painting of a waterfall on it which leads to the Tree of Life. Ono then explains that according to Rafiki's map, the first landmark after Pride Rock is the Backlands' waterfall. Ono then explains that the next landmark after the Backlands' waterfall is an iroko tree. When the Guard survives a very harsh harmattan far away, they find another moja kwa moja stone at the iroko tree to which according to Ono, the next landmark after the iroko tree is a mountain with two peaks.
In "The Accidental Avalanche" when the snow monkeys find a new hot springs to bathe in thanks to the Guard's help, Anga finds Tuliza for Kion and another moja kwa moja stone just around the slope before Kimyo and Nabasu play with Anga in the hot springs.
In "Ghost of the Mountain" after saving the red pandas threatened by Chuluun, the Guard finds another moja kwa moja stone in the bamboo forest the whole time. To which according to Ono, the next landmark leads from the bamboo forest and around a big mountain. As Kion's team follows the path to the landmark marked by the stone, the red pandas bid a farewell to them.
In "Marsh of Mystery", one moja kwa moja stone is said to be in the marsh. However, it is not physically seen.
In "Dragon Island", Anga, Ono, and Makini find another moja kwa moja stone by a few rocks far away from Kion to which the next landmark on the stone leads from the island to a cliff with a tree on it. Anga then sees the landmark on the moja kwa moja stone as she also notices Ora and the Komodo dragons preparing to eat Lumba-Lumba and the Lion Guard. Fortunately, the three manage to help Kion, Fuli, and Bunga take care of Ora and his followers and bring Lumba-Lumba back to the ocean. On their way to following the path marked by the moja kwa moja stone, Beshte bids a farewell to Lumba-Lumba as the dolphin also bids him a farewell.
In "Journey of Memories", three moja kwa moja stones are seen. The first moja kwa moja stone leads from a big river to a pool with rocks around it, the second one leads from the pool with rocks around it to a field of white flowers (actually stars), and the third one with the white flowers painting is seen on a cliff.
In "The Tree of Life", the last moja kwa moja stone leads from the mountain pass to the Tree of Life. However, the stone is not activated after Makini lost her staff in a giant lake. Fortunately, the group entered the Tree of Life area even if the last stone was not activated.
In "Journey to the Pride Lands", Kion asks Ono to know all the moja kwa moja stones on Rafiki's map to which he explains that the first landmark back to the Pride Lands is from the Tree of Life to a giant lake at the mountain pass. Kion's team (this time with Azaad, Jasiri, and Janja) continues to use the same paths marked by the moja kwa moja stones to return back to the Pride Lands.
- "Moja kwa moja" mean "one by one" in Swahili.